A little shamed to admit that I was one of those preppers who bought a decent knife (an ESEE), kept it in the factory sheath without a second thought, threw it in my BOB, used it when needed, but didn't know how to properly care for it, when to buy an aftermarket sheath, or how to sharpen it before and after SHTF. As a follow up to the recent review of the best field knives (link to the monkey thread), our new knife-nerd writers put together five posts ranging from a beginner's guide to knife sharpening in prepping (link to a good jump-off for the five posts) through aftermarket sheaths and reviews of the best sharpening gear (pocket stones, bench stones, portable strops, etc.) to buy. The writers are around if anyone has questions? Some of the high-level points: Knives are one of those communities with extremely passionate outliers. 99% of people should ignore the noise — there are simple answers in this topic that are good enough for the vast majority of preppers. It's possible to spend $10-30 and an hour of practice to get "good enough". While pull-through sharpeners are quick, easy, and cheap, they come with downsides. But they're the right choice if you'd skip this topic otherwise. Survival experts prefer using a strop instead of a stone because it's easier to use correctly and creates a convex edge. One exception is if you have a Scandi grind blade, which are designed for stones. Once you understand the basics of sharpening, it's surprisingly easy to find ways to sharpen a blade with random stuff after an emergency. One guy even uses the palm of his hand! e.g. You can use a scrap of cardboard and toothpaste, a leather belt, or a car window. Don't store knives in leather sheaths — they hold moisture and may have bad chemicals. Keep sheaths simple. Don't buy the uber-survival-pack ones just so you can get prepper forum tacticool points.