10 Knife Tips All Knife Owners Must Know [Infographic]

This Infographic presents 10 knife tips that every knife owner should know including tips on cleaning, sharpening, concealing and so on. How many do you as a knife owner already know? Anything below that is new information to you?

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10 Knife Tips All Knife Owners Must Know

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Knife Cleaning
One of the first things you will want to know as a knife owner is how to clean your knife. First, boil a pot of water. If the knife does not have a plastic handle then place the knife in the hot water for about 30 seconds. If the knife has a plastic handle, then simply dip the blade in the water. Use a small brush to remove any crud or dirt from the blade. Finally, allow the knife to air dry completely and coat it lightly with some cooking oil and wipe clean.

Knife Sharpening
There are dozens of ways to sharpen a knife. One way to sharpen a knife is to use a sharpening stone. Place the blade flat on the stone and raise it to a 10 to 15 degree angle. Imagine you are carving off a slim piece of the stoneís surface and stroke the blade along the stone until the blade is sharp. Be sure to sharpen both sides.

Knife Concealing
A knife can be carried and concealed on your person in countless ways. Some types of knives are better suited to certain modes of carry than others. Some common ways to carry your knife include belt carry, shoulder harness, forearm sheaths, neck knives and of course pocket carry.

Knife Holds & Grips
Depending on what you are doing with your knife, you will want to make sure you are holding it correctly. The easiest way to hold your knife is the hammer grip, where you hold the knife like you would a hammer. Place your thumb on the spine of the knife for accuracy. If you are throwing a knife, you will want to use the pinch grip which is when you grip the blade of the knife between your thumb and index finger.

Knife Throwing
To properly throw your knife you will first want to use the pinch grop to hold your knife. Hold the knife tight, with your shoulders square, take your right leg (use your left leg if you are left handed) and bring it back about a foot or so and start bringing your arm with the knife above your head. When you throw, release with your arm extended toward the target.

Knife Skinning & Carving
Skinning and carving with a knife can be difficult. The best way to skin an animal or remove the skin off your turkey dinner is to slice into your subject and carve a ďtĒ shape on the chest or back of your subject. Then, using your hands, peel, pull, yank and pry the skin off.

Knife Handle Types
A very important thing to know as a knife owner are the different types of knife handles. Knife handles can come in many materials like plastic, wood, metal, bone or even carbon fiber. Learn about your knife and itís handle so you know how to properly clean and use your knife.

Knife Blade Types
Knife blades come in all sorts of different shapes, cuts, weights & sizes which can serve many purposes. As a knife owner, you will want to know what type of knife blade you have so that you know exactly what your knife was intended for. Various blade types include: trailing-point curved blade (great for slicing), clip-point blade (good for picking), drop-point blade (best for piercing) and much more.

Knife Safety
A knife can help save your life, but it can also cause you harm if you arenít careful using it. The most basic safety measure is to always cut away from your body. Keep your eyes on whay you are doing and keep a firm grip on the knife and whatever you are cutting so there are no slip-ups. You also want to make sure you donít run with a knife, try to grab a falling knife or leave a knife lying around un-sheathed and always use two hands when closing your knife.

Knife Laws
Probably one of the most important things to know as a knife owner are knife laws. Knife laws can vary from state-to-state and dictate how and if you can use your knife. What constitutes a legal knife varies greatly from place-to-place and may depend upon objective standards, such as blade length, or blade style. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your stateís knife laws.

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