When I was eight years old, my father gave me and my brother new, German-made stacked-leather handled knives. We immediately went camping on the shores of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes, where we were set loose with these tools of mischief. It didn’t take long for us to get our knives dirty and dull and nick the blades, so our dad showed us a few tips, including how to clean the sap off the blade. After that, he used a pocket carborundum stone to show us how to remove the nicks and reestablish an edge.
Thanks to my dad’s lessons on knife maintenance, I still have that knife. Looking at it, you’d never guess its old age. Knowing how to maintain your knife will save you money in the long run and will keep your knife looking sharp. Following are some ideas that you can employ.