Knives are everyday tools. Few people do not own one and even fewer do never use one. If you have a kitchen and prepare your own food, you certainly own one or more knives. Because knives are so common and so widely used, hardly anyone thinks much about the wide variety of knives used in countless applications.
The very first knives were cut from stone that split easily into sharp-edged flakes. These early ‘knives’ were all-purpose tools, such as scraping and cutting. Early knives did not require constant sharpening. If a blade dulled, you just split a new one off a flint stone.
With metal knife blades came the need to keep the edge of the blade as sharp as possible. From then on knives and sharpeners became almost synonyms. A good knife is not worth much in the long run without a good sharpener. Knives lose their edge. How fast depends on the quality of the blade material; the harder the steel, the sharper and longer lasting the edge. However, when steel becomes too hard, it also becomes brittle and shatters easily.
Good knives have a hard, durable edge without compromising flexibility. Throughout history, sword makers gained fame and often fortune because they mastered the art of making swords that optimized both.
Manufacturers today mass-produce even quality kitchen knives with a long-lasting edge and durable blade at surprisingly low prices. True, a good knife is not inexpensive. But a good knife will last you a lifetime. Kitchen knives and sharpeners are complementing each other.
Modern knives come in many sizes and different shapes that are designed to serve a special purpose.
While most knives serve as kitchen tools, fishermen, divers, hunters, and the military use knives specially designed to meet specific requirements. These knives are heavier and designed to take much abuse.
Whenever people have a discussion about tools, you will notice that most of their complaints center around how tools stop working properly after a few years. They will say that they were ripped off by the manufacturer because a power drill or circular saw stopped doing its job properly after five years.
Were these people ripped off? Or did they make a mistake that resulted in the tools’ bad performance? The reality is that most people do not maintain their wood working tools. They think that these items will work perfectly out of the box and keep working in this manner for years to come. This is simply not true.
There is no one who is going to come to your home and maintain your tools while you are sleeping! This is something you must do yourself. If you want to keep these tools in great condition, you need to ensure they are getting the best maintenance possible. In terms of maintaining tools, it makes a lot of sense to get this done before or after you use the tools. Do not set aside separate days to maintain tools, because you will always get lazy and forget about it.
It is not something complicated, having to maintain your tools. The process is easy, you do not need much additional equipment and it can save you a lot of money in the long run. However, you must plan ahead and have the required patience to maintain the tools every time you use them.
A good way to think about maintenance is to consider why you are fixing up certain tools. What do you want to achieve? For example, with wood working items our goal is to make sure these things are just as sharp as they were when we first bought them. This will ensure that they cut and reshape the wood efficiently.
When it comes to getting tools for a DIY project, people have a tendency to prefer buying over renting almost all of the time. While you may prefer the added convenience of having a number of tools in your home at all times, there are cases where it makes a lot more sense to rent. For example, certain wood working tools are very big and may take up excessive space in your home. In addition, you end up paying a lot of money to only use the tools a few times. Here is a look at some tools that you should rent instead of buying.
1. Tile Saw
Even though some quality tile saws are available for as little as $50 from shops such as Home Depot, it still makes more sense to rent one of these items. They are not useful for a number of functions, especially because they do not work on marble or thicker tiles. If you are only going to use the tile saw one or two times in your life, you do not need to spend money on owning this item.
2. Rotary Hammer
There are some cases where an ordinary drill is not enough. Whether you are using other wood working tools or performing a DIY project, you may need a rotary hammer in order to really get deep into your home’s foundation. But it makes more sense to rent this item, because you will only need to use it on rare occasions.
Tillers are very useful for turning up your soil, but they only need using one time a year. If you are living in a certain area, you may need to use it two times a year. In either case, buying this item makes little sense. You are much better off renting the item or borrowing it from someone when you need to till the soil.