Figure I'd introduce myself and ask a few questions while I'm at it.
Several years ago, my grandmother, (now 96), bought me a folder knife for Xmas. She liked the idea as "all men carried a pocket knife back in my day." I liked it and used it here and there. I liked to have it when I walked in our Cougar'd woods and would take it camping etc. I kept it in my glove compartment of my truck. Then it was broken into a few weeks ago and the knife was amongst the items stolen. Punks!
I had no idea what it was, but after deciding I needed a replacement, I took to the "interwebs" and have since realized it was a CRKT knife and most similar to a Summit Series Mt. Whitney. I'd figured it was a 3.5" blade so that's what I was in the market for. After reading some and learning lots, I decided on a Spyderco Tenacious. Received it last week and have been carrying it every day since. Got back from a camping trip and while I didn't use it a ton, (I'm learning to remember I have it), I feel I've been bitten with the knife bug. After several hours browsing the various brands and models, I decided that I couldn't stop at just one. I bought a Byrd Crow 2 this evening as well. This may turn into a real problem.
Anyway, I have seen various articles on sharpening, oiling, and general care including washing the knife etc, but also lots of polar opposite statements leaving me a bit confused in how to best care for my 2 new knives.
So my questions are:
1.) What should I be looking to purchase to sharpen these knives? specific recommendations greatly appreciated.
2.) As far as lubricating, I have Tri-Flow, would this suffice? What about if I want to use the knife to slice an apple?
3.) Can I get the entire knife wet when I clean it? I worry about getting water in the opening mechanism.
Thanks in advance!
My Knives: Paramilitary 2 - Chaparral - Delica FFG - Dragonfly 2 (HAP40) - Tenacious - Crow 2