Knife Safety Begins With You

Notching tag on elk antler with Browning knife.

Knives and other edged tools are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle. We are proud of our tradition of providing fine knives and tools to help you with field dressing needs, camp chores, for daily carry and many other uses. Always remember, knife safety begins with you. Please carefully read and understand the instructions below before using your Browning knife or edged tool. Be sure to always follow all of the warnings and notices carefully.

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THIS KNIFE IS SHARP. HANDLE WITH CARE TO AVOID CAUSING INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS. USE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES WHEN HANDLING. Use of a Browning knife is a risk that you assume. Browning cannot be held accountable if injury occurs during the use (or misuse) of the knife. This product is not a toy, keep it away from children.

DO NOT USE YOUR KNIFE FOR TASKS THAT REQUIRE A SPECIAL TOOL. Misuse of this knife can cause serious injury or even death. Never use your knife as a screwdriver, chisel, punch or prying lever. Never hammer on the blade or handle. Do not throw your knife or attempt to cut nails, bolts, wire or other metals. Misuse often results in product failure, breakage or premature wear. No warranty will apply to knives that appear to have been misused.

ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE BLADE LOCK MECHANISM IS SECURELY ENGAGED BEFORE USING YOUR KNIFE FOR ANY PURPOSE. Blade locking mechanisms are added safety features designed to help keep a blade in the open position when fully extended. Like all mechanical devices, the locking mechanisms of knives can fail. Never assume the locking mechanism on any knife is an absolute guarantee against accidental folding. These locking systems are not designed to take pressure or strikes to the spine (dull side) of the blade and can fail if the knife is not used properly. Always use the knife in a manner that if the locking mechanism fails for any reason, you will not be injured. Folding and pocket knives, by their own unique design, cannot take the punishment of fixed-blade knives. Keep the locking mechanism free of debris; carefully clean it on a regular basis. Failure to maintain your knife may cause its mechanism to not function  properly, which could result in personal injury and/or damage the product. A folding knife is a mechanical device, that is subject to wear. Frequently inspect your knife for excessive movement of the blade, handle scales, locking mechanism, etc., that would indicate wear and that the knife should be replaced. Keep your knife clean and dry. Apply a light coat of oil to prevent damage to the finish.

TAKE ADDITIONAL CARE WHEN USING KNIVES WITH AN ASSISTED-OPENING FEATURE OR THUMBSTUD. Assisted-open knives utilize a spring mechanism, blade flipper or combination of features to deploy the blade with one hand. Be sure to maintain a secure grip on the knife when opening to prevent dropping or losing positive control of the knife. On knives equipped with a thumbstud, use extra care. They are designed to be opened easily with one hand. Never carry or use them in such a manner that they could be opened accidentally.

CARRY FOLDING KNIVES IN A DEDICATED POCKET. The pocket should contain only the knife to prevent another object in the pocket from acting on and opening the knife without your knowledge causing serious injury or even death.

KNIVES WITH REVERSIBLE POCKET CLIP. The pocket clip is installed by the manufacturer on the right side handle of the knife, specifically for right front pocket carry. Should you choose to carry the knife in the left front pocket, for your safety and to optimize access from the pocket, it is essential that you install the pocket clip on the opposite (left side) of the knife handle. Failure to follow this warning could result in serious injury to you or others.

FIXED BLADE KNIVES AND SHEATHS. Whenever a fixed-blade knife is inserted into a sheath, care should be taken to ensure that the blade is properly lined up so it won’t cut through the sheath causing personal injury.


NEVER SHARPEN A KNIFE ON A POWER-DRIVEN GRINDING WHEEL. It will burn the temper from the blade.

KNOW THE LAW. Federal, state and local laws for carrying, transporting and owning knives vary greatly. It is your responsibility to know and comply with the regulations concerning knives in your location.


Apply a generous amount of honing oil on a medium grit sharpening stone. Place the edge of the blade flat on the stone and raise the back of the blade to a 20° angle to the stone as shown in Figure 1. Hold the knife at a 45° angle to the stone, (Figure 2), and stroke the blade across the stone, sharpening from hilt to point in one stroke with a firm, even pressure (Figure 2). Reverse the blade and repeat the procedure exactly, until you’re satisfied with the edge. Repeat this procedure using a fine grit stone until no further improvement in sharpness is noted.

  • Do not sharpen your knife with the blade flat on the stone. This produces a paper-thin edge that will not hold up and also scars the sides of the blade.
  • If the blade is held at too steep of an angle, the resulting edge will be too blunt for cutting.
  • After each use, wipe away the excess oil on the stones. This removes the steel that could clog the pores of the stones.

When using other sharpening devices such as steels, ceramic, etc., refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Figure 1

Angle to sharpen knife blade illustration.

Figure 2

Knife sharpening illustration