Knife care and maintenance
Regardless of the materials out of which your knife is made, it is always important to use proper care and maintenance to ensure optimum performance levels. Always keep your knife blade sharp. A dull knife requires additional force to use and is potentially more dangerous to use than a sharp one. There are a variety of products available when it comes to sharpening your knife. As for which one is best, it pretty much comes down to choosing the one you''re most comfortable with using. Never sharpen your knife on a power grinding wheel as this can burn the temper out of the blade and weaken its integrity.
Always keep the locking areas of your knife clean- accumulation of dirt or debris could adversely affect the locking mechanism creating a potential safety hazard. To clean these areas we recommend using compressed air and lubricating with the specialty lubricant, MILITEC-1®.
Never attempt to use your knife as a screwdriver, pry-bar, chisel, or punch. Never throw your knife, unless it was designed for that purpose. Use for any purpose other than cutting is considered abuse and is likely not covered under the manufacturer''s warrantee. Disassembling your knife will also likely void the manufacturer''s warrantee.
Most of all, enjoy your knife and always remember to use it in a safe, responsible manner.
Courtesy of Benchmade Knife Company. For more information, visit www.Benchmade.com.