One of the oddest memories I’ve had of being a swim coach was walking into a locker room and seeing one of my students show off one of his pocket knives. He was a good kid, but rules are rules; I gave him a good yelling and sent him off to the Dean’s office. Honestly, it was quite conflicting because I know the kid wasn’t the kind to go off and attack someone, but just wanted to show off his cool new knife. I know some people have a negative view on pocket knives, but I think otherwise.
I have come to find that pocket knives have their purpose in day to day life. You never really know how much you actually need one until you buy one. They aren’t just for teen boys and army men anymore; they’re now produced as practical and efficient knives for almost every need. I finally decided to break down and search online for a high quality pocket knife that wouldn’t rust or break within a month after purchasing it, and came across this knife shop who’s knives looked simple and high quality enough to fit my expectations of a pocket knife.
I have to say, you never notice the situations in which you need a knife; at least I never did. Honestly, I wish I had carried one when I coached swimming back in the day. My teeth are thanking me now that I’m not using them to rip open packages and trying to tear things apart. Recently I went fishing and was pleased to find my Tac Force Knife did a much better job at cutting line without destroying it, making it easier to attach a hook. I swear, it can be as irritating as trying to thread a needle with frayed yarn.
Although the knives are high quality, it is important to take the proper care to maintain their quality. Even the highest quality metal will corrode and become dull over time. Pocket knives contain little parts that are often forgotten about when people care for their knives. Make sure that you oil the joints and springs occasionally with the proper oils.
If your knife gets wet, or you live in a moist climate, make sure to wipe the blade with oil and keep your knife clean and dry. Although you will find a lot of leather pocket knife cases and sheaths, it is important to know that leather does collect moisture, affecting the blade and knife as a whole.
Make sure not to use your pocket knife for any metal-on-metal contact. This means don’t use your knife as a can opener, screwdriver, hammer, chisel or pry bar. You will find your knife will develop divots and dullness you will not be able to rectify. If you are to hard on a pocket knife, you may find that you break the springs, pin or handle without much usage.
I have never been one for waste, so even though Tac Force Knives are really inexpensive compared to others on the market I would like to maintain mine for as long as possible. I make sure to keep my knife:
Dry – It is important to keep the entire knife dry not just the blade.
Clean – Make sure to clean the entire knife, especially moving parts.
Oiled – A well-oiled knife can make the difference between it lasting years, or months.
Sharpened – Keep your knife sharp at all times. A dull blade can pose more danger than a sharp one.
It is important to care for your spring assisted knives whether you spend ten dollars, or five hundred. It is crucial for your safety, and extending the knives life as long as possible, to maintain the knife as a whole. If you take care of your pocket knife, it will take care of you. As long as you make sure to do so, you will end up paying less out of pocket for repairs.