Friday, April 15, 2011

Blade Blog Part 2

Mark 3 Mod 0 Navy issue knife.

This knife is in general issue to the US Navy. In my time, many SEALs used them as camp tools. The blade is cheap and won't hold an edge but as a camp tool, they're not all that bad. As a general dive knife they're not bad either because while they do rust immediately when immersed in salt water, nobody cares if you loose one. The government pays about $9.00 each for them if memory serves. Divers always loose knives and divers all need knives - so as a training knife and camp tool, they're not a bad choice.

To protect these knifes from rusting in salt water, spray them liberally with motorcycle chain lube (it has bee's wax in it). Then spray it LIGHTLY with WD40 and wipe it down lightly. The wax and oil will remain on the blade and it won't rust. You need to apply it regularly but your gear will remain in relatively good shape until it's time to use it again.

1 comment:

Euripides said...

Motorcycle chain lube oil - great tip!

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