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Food for Freedom Review Oil the blade of your knife when possible. This will keep the blade from rusting and help to keep it clean. Remember, a little oil goes a long way. You don't need to soak it in a can of motor oil. There are lubricating oils sold at firearm supply stores and local hardware stores. Some good brands are 3-in-one and Dri-Lube but even WD-40 will work. Just remember you don't need to soak it in oil. If the handle is made from something other than rubber you can lightly oil that too, to prevent dirt and grime from building up. If the handle is made of rubber, then don't use oil, just keep the handle clean. You don't want a slippery handle when you go to use the knife. Keeping all fingers attached is smart and you look good while doing it.
If you're going to store your survival knife for long periods of time between use then don't store it in a leather pouch or sheath. The leather can attract moisture which can cause the blade to rust. Oil it lightly and wrap it in paper and store it in a cool dry place, dry being the more important aspect.
Keep the blade sharp. A dull knife is not as useful and can actually be a danger to you and others. If you don't know how to sharpen your blade or don't have the tools, I suggest you learn. If you don't know how or don't want to learn, you can take it to a professional that can do the job. I recommend learning how to do it yourself and buy the necessary tools to do it yourself. This skill will prove invaluable if you're in a situation where you need your knife sharpened when no one is available to help.