Oil the knife with the correct lubricant


For blades with free-standing blades, oiling is only required if the blade is rustproof. The mechanics of folding and pocket knives should be oiled regularly to ensure proper functioning and ease of use. Do not use sticky, sticky or lubricating lubricants.

Use special blade oils

In general, all conventional household oils such as olive or other edible oils for knives should be discouraged. They contain acid and may leave resinous residues. Food-safe and compatible knife oils are available in a wide range. If the knife blade is made of corrosive carbon steel, it should be lightly oiled after each cleaning and drying for preventative care.

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

  • Camellia oil
  • Ballestol
  • Multi Tool Oil from Victorinox

The creep oils WD40 and Caramba are not food safe.

All oils have a characteristic odor that should be tried. Creep oils are especially recommended if moving blade parts were not maintained for a long time. Camellia oil and Victorinox multi-tool oil are less "metallic" than Ballestol.

Maintain turning mechanics

The maintenance of a pocket knife involves regular oiling of the moving parts. Since most knife blades are made of stainless steel, especially the gliding ability and mobility of the musculoskeletal system must be maintained.

After each cleaning, two drops are usually sufficient to oil the pocket knife into the turning mechanism. It is important to have achieved the highest possible freedom from strains during cleaning. Remaining sand and dust particles together with oil quickly form a lubricating film, which impairs the flexibility of the folding mechanism.

Ensure food compatibility

For example, syringes that are available in every pharmacy are helpful for the precise introduction of the oil. In the case of paraffins, teflon, silicones and creeping oils, food authenticity must be checked and, in case of doubt, should not be used with knives that come into contact with food. Weapon fats are often provided with these ingredients.

Tips & Tricks

Watch out for creep oils that they only crawl where they are supposed to. The amazing movement and efficacy of WD40 and Caramba can quickly loosen the screws of handles when overdosing.


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