Oil knives with the right lubricant

In the case of knives with free-standing blades, oiling is necessary only when rust is present. The mechanics of folding knives and pocket knives should be oiled regularly to ensure proper functioning and ease of use. No sticking, festering or regreasing lubricants should be used.

Use special blade oils

In general, all conventional household oils such as olive or other cooking oils for knives should be discouraged. They contain acid and may leave resinous residues. Food grade and compatible knife oils are widely available. If the knife blade is made of corrosion-resistant carbon steel, it should be lightly oiled after each cleaning and drying for preventive care.

When choosing the appropriate oil for a knife, personal taste and sensitivity to the smell play the main role. The most typical and popular representatives among food grade oils are:

  • Camellia oil
  • Ballestol
  • Victorinox multi-tool oil

Non-food grade are WD40 and Caramba penetrating oils.

All oils have a characteristic odor that should be tried. Creeping oils are especially recommended when moving knife parts have not been cared for in a long time. Camellia oil and Victorinox’s multi-tool oil have less of a “metallic” smell than Ballestol.

Caring for the turning mechanism

Part of caring for a pocket knife is regularly oiling the moving parts. Since most knife blades are made of stainless steel, the most important thing is to maintain the glide and mobility of the moving parts.

After each cleaning, two drops in the rotary mechanism are usually sufficient to oil the pocket knife. It is important to ensure that the knife is as dust-free as possible during cleaning. Remaining sand and dust particles, together with oil, quickly form a lubricating film that impairs the movement of the folding mechanism.

Ensuring food compatibility

Syringes, for example, such as those available at any pharmacy, are helpful for applying the oil with pinpoint accuracy. Kerosenes, Teflon, silicones and penetrating oils must be tested for food safety and, if in doubt, should not be used on knives that come into contact with food. Gun greases often contain these ingredients.

When using penetrating oils, make sure they only crawl where they are supposed to. The amazing moving and effective action of WD40 and Caramba can also quickly loosen grip plate mounting screws if overdosed.

Elizabeth Green

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