How to Dispose of Old Bushcraft Knives

Bushcraft knife. They are useful things. They have made your stay in the great wild more comfortable than ever. You have whittled, carved, skinned, and so on. You have done your best. You have sharpened, oil, and kept your knife. You have treated them well. However, nothing lasts forever. Not even your well-kept bushcraft knife.

You can only preserve your knife for so long, but you have to let go at one point. Your once sharp knife will get to a point you wouldn’t be able to be sharpened again. Now, the issue becomes how do you dispose of your knife. You wouldn’t be the only one with such confusion. Many knife owners do not know how to handle their old knives.

The problem of disposing of your knife stems from the fact that you don’t want to hurt someone. You understand how dangerous knives are, and you wouldn’t accidentally hurt someone. If you dispose of it carelessly, a kid could get hold of it. An animal could get hurt with it, etc.  So, it would be best if you had a safe way of getting rid of your knife, and in this post, you will learn about the safest ways to throw out your knife.

Try to sell it!

Your knife may not serve you again, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make a quick small buck off it. Selling could be a great option if you have used and maintained the knife very well. You would be able to get a bargain off your knife when it still has a decent shape.

You can sell your knife to; you can sell your knives to thrift shops, pawnshops, online blade auctions, Craigslist, eBay, etc. You could also sell your knife to blade makers who can remake the knife. You could also sell to artists who can make art with blades.

You could donate it

Donating your knives can be a good idea if you want to get rid of your knives. Although, a donation would be meaningful if the knife is still used to an extent. So, you can give them out instead of stockpiling knives you don’t want when you get a new one.

Choosing a place to donate to can be difficult, but most communities have places you can donate your knife to. You may donate your knife to a knife donation center, a pawn shop, a thrift shop, a soup kitchen, or a boy scout group. You can enquire from any of those centers if they would accept your knife or not. Also, you can donate to an art center. Those creatives will find something beautiful to make with your blade.

A donation is an excellent option because it affords you the opportunity to give back to your community while also getting rid of your knives. At least, your knife can give someone more happy memories before finally expiring.

Recycle your old knife

You can recycle your knife when they are in bad shape where selling and donating would be pointless. You can drop the knife in a recycle bin where it would be recycled in a recycling plant, turned to something else, or reforged into a new knife.

This is a better option than dropping your knife into a river or in the garbage. However, don’t just drop your knife into the recycle bin. Wrap your knife well as if you are moving and prevent your knife from being exposed and harming someone. 


You have braved wild and asserted your dominance on nature. You don’t need to be fearful of dropping your knife with the police. Call the closest station ahead to let them know that you want to drop your knife with them. If they need your knife, they will ask you to come over. If they don’t, they will suggest places to drop the knife without problems.

Martin Smith
Outdoor Expert at Bushcraft Explorer | Website | + posts

Martin Smith is not just your average outdoorsman; he is a dedicated explorer with a deep passion for survival and bushcraft. The natural world has always been his favorite playground, which led him to develop a profound understanding and love for bushcraft skills. His curiosity is insatiable, constantly driving him to uncover the secrets of the great outdoors and unravel the mystery behind survival in nature.

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