Whether you are a keen hunter or just like to do some DIY projects, hunting knives are an essential tool in your arsenal. You should be able to use it as soon as you get it. Proper care will increase the life of your knife. If you don’t care for your hunting knife properly, it is likely to become damaged and corrode easily. Also, it may be nearly impossible to open it when you need it most.
Regardless of its material, a hunting knife should be cleaned at least once a year. Cleaning it regularly will prevent rust and smudges. You can use a small amount of rotor oil to lubricate the blade. Do not use lubricant as a long-term lubricant. To use rotor oil, you should apply it from the handle to the tip of the blade. Then, rinse it thoroughly with water.
Depending on the material of the blade, a hunting knife should be sharpened every once in a while. Using a sharpening stone will improve the edge, which will give you a more precise cut every time. Keeping a blade sharp will also keep it from rusting. You should also wipe off the blade frequently with a dry cloth after use, as sweat contains salt and ammonia.