Keep Your Knife In Excellent Shape — You Never Know When You’ll Need It around the Homestead! Sharpening Your Knife The RIGHT WAY Is One Way To Make Sure It’s Ready When You Need It…Your knife is one of your most important tool you possess around the Homestead. During the day you may use it repeatedly, for tasks large and small. Those tasks range from cutting plants to cleaning fish or game. And those are just three tasks you will call on your knife to complete. That means maintaining your knife is critical to your ability to do things around the Homestead.