Knife storage question


January 29, 2003, 11:53 AM
What is the best way to store a knife? Just on a counter, in a case, in safe w/ guns, other?

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January 29, 2003, 12:13 PM
"What is the best way to store a knife?"

Very broad question, kinda hard to figure out just what you mean. But I will take a stab (pun intended) at it.

Are you worried about them being stolen? Or just trying to organize what you have?

I have a small number of various knives, was trying to figure out how to store them myself. Then saw a small nylon pack in a Brigade Quartermasters catalog. It unzipped to lay flat with about 18 pockets to put folding knives (or SHORT fixed blade) in. Keeps my collection organized and I can throw it in my gun safe.

If storing a knife you should probably clean and oil it as you would a gun.

I don't know if this helps or not. If it doesn't, can you be more specific?

January 29, 2003, 12:32 PM
For the longest time, I've only had one knife. A Beretta folder that a customer gave me. But, over the last few months, I've collected (bought) a few other knives that really caught my fancy :rolleyes: Last night, I noticed they are just sitting in a drawer in my bathroom collecting dust & looking a little forgotten. Normally, I just reach in the drawer & pick one up to put in my pocket for the day's knife. Now tho, I'd like to give a little TLC and treat them better.

January 29, 2003, 02:04 PM
Tons of discussion on this at Bladeforums.

Get the new copy of Blade magazine that has the article by Wayne Goddard on tests he performed with various waxes.

Day to day almost all of my knives are out in the open. I keep them out of the bathroom and kitchen because of the proximity to water, but other than that they are on display shelves, top of the dressers, scattered across the "knife table" in my office/"danger room" open and closed. None of them are kept in leather sheaths. All of them get wiped down with a mixture of tuff cloth and white lightning. Both employ a microcrystaline wax to coat the surface to seal it against O2.

Long term storage where you aren't going to touch the knife for months/years involves removing the air/water and sealing it up. Use a vacuum sealer.

January 29, 2003, 06:27 PM
Try this link...

January 29, 2003, 08:51 PM

The standard answer would be for you to wipe down the metal in RenWax. It's a wax used by museum curators to protect the metals in their care. Hi-end baldemakers usually coat their knives with it. Also works great on gunmetal.

January 29, 2003, 10:46 PM
Here's the link to the wax that Wayne Goddard's test showed to protect his test blanks the best. This stuff even outperformed Renaissance Wax in his test.

It's interesting that the original Briwax formula uses toluene as the solvent and that more modern products like TufCloth/TufGlide and White Lightning variously use hexane and mineral spirits as their solvent. You can find White Lightning in bike shops for ~$8 a bottle and a bottle can last a long time.

January 29, 2003, 11:39 PM
I usually like to keep my liner lock folders open. I don't want to keep the spring compressed for too long. Is this a good idea?

I also use Renaissance Wax for my blades, even on my bead blasted ones. Keeping knives in leather sheaths is definitely a no-no. My dad has a hunting knife that he had a friend made for him that was kept in a sheath for a few years. The wooden handle that was in contact with the leather had it's finish eaten away.

I'd go with low humidity and keep the blades oiled/waxed, and the handles also protected as well.

January 30, 2003, 02:05 AM
I will try the RenWax. I just picked up two new knives. First guns and now knives. Where does it end?

February 1, 2003, 11:09 AM
"Where does it end?"

If you are lucky, it doesn't.

At least, not in this lifetime.

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