Many ways to thoroughly clean a pocket knife

Pocket knives are in most cases designed to be able to be completely soaked. When cleaning, this feature also allows long soaking and intensive rinsing. Depending on the model, plastic handle scales are the most sensitive components. However, they also tolerate many types of cleaning agents.

Always oil after cleaning

Normal to moderately heavy soiling on a pocket knife can almost all be easily removed with dishwashing detergent. Depending on the degree of soiling, a brief soak for several minutes or an overnight rinse water bath can have the desired cleaning effect.

Very important after completely soaking the pocket knife is to allow it to dry out completely before stowing it away again. Also, the two axles to which the folding tools are attached must be re-lubricated with a drop of oil. Lubrication must always be done regardless of the cleaning agent used. Ballestol gun oil, for example, is very suitable.

Grease-dissolving cleaning agents

In the case of particularly stubborn dirt such as tree resin or fish scales, grease-dissolving cleaning agents can help. The following have proven to be suitable agents:

  • WD-40 or Caramba
  • Spiritus
  • Contact lens cleaner
  • Rinsing machine tabs
  • Denture cleaner
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Vinegar (essence)

Soaking baths for several hours almost always ensure that the contamination can be rinsed out and removed with warm water. With all agents it must be considered whether the outer handle shells tolerate the agent. Discoloration is possible. If the handle shells become loose because the fixing adhesive dissolves, the product is of inferior quality.

Ultrasonic bath against crunching rattling noises

If the pocket knife crunches easily and this effect cannot be stopped by soaking baths, an ultrasonic bath is often a good solution. If you do not have an ultrasonic device, you can ask your goldsmith or optician if he will briefly place the pocket knife in his device in exchange for a small contribution to the coffee fund.

Mechanical tools for cleaning

In principle, when cleaning a pocket knife, all procedures that cause blades or points to become dull can be dispensed with. When using mechanical aids, movements should always be made toward the blade or seats. The following have proven to be effective as mechanical cleaning aids:

  • Toothbrush
  • Painter’s brush
  • Make-up brush
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers if necessary
Take good care of your fingers when using “slippery” cleaners and methods. The risk of slipping is immense and the risk of pricking or cutting yourself is high.

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

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