It is very simple, if you want your pocket knife to perform well then you should keep it clean. Keeping your pocket knife clean increases its life and performance. However, a dirty knife can prove to be dangerous and useless at times of need. Moreover, if you do not perform proper maintenance on your pocket knife it will lead to permanent damage to the knife, leaving it utterly useless.
Clean your Knife Regularly
It is very important that you clean your knife regularly. In order to clean your pocket knife the areas that get the most dirty and where dirt and lint is difficult to remove are the pivot and the locking surface. Make sure that you clean these well because if you do not then you will have difficulty in opening and closing the knife and eventually the life of the knife will die down making it useless for you. You can use soapy water and wash your knife with an old tooth brush so that excess dirt can easily be removed from it. Make sure that you clean the blade and the joints as well. Do not be afraid that the internals of the knife are getting we, this is where the dirt gets stuck the most. Rinse the internals well so that no traces of dirt remain there.
Moreover, if the knife has sticky and grimy buildup then it is better to leave it in a bowl of warm, soapy water for a while until the residue soften and then you can clean it with a brush. However, if your knife’s handle is made up of anything else such as wood or some synthetic material then you should not put it in warm water for long.
After you have cleaned and rinsed thoroughly you knife, you should let it dry. Keep it open and let it get completely dry and then you can fold it back into place and keep it in its cover.
Pick the best Lubricant
Your pocket knife is a system with moving parts, therefore it needs to be lubricated well. However, it is essential that you pick the best suited lubricant for your knife. The most popular lubricants are petroleum based and they are the same which are used in guns. There are also dry lubricants that are great at repelling pocket lint. These dry lubricants either come in aerosol can for spray on applications or as a grease tube, in either case they leave the surface dry but coat it with a protective, lubricated film.
However, it is important that if you use your pocket knife to cut food, then you should use such lubricants that are food-safe.
Lubricate it well
When you are lubricating your pocket knife, make sure that you use just the right amount of lubricant. You can apply a drop or two at the pivot and start rotating the blade. If you use excessive lubricant then it will seep to your handle and will actually attract more pocket lint. This would mean that you will have to clean the knife more often. Just the right amount of lubrication, done in the proper manner is enough to keep it maintained.