Many ways to thoroughly clean a pocket knife

Pocket knives are designed in most cases to be completely soaked. When cleaning this property also allows long soaking and intensive rinsing. Depending on the model, plastic handles are the most sensitive components. But they also tolerate many types of detergents.

Always oil after cleaning

Normal to medium soiling on a pocket knife almost all can be eliminated easily by washing-up liquid. Depending on the degree of soiling, the brief soaking over several minutes to the rinsing water bath can exercise overnight the desired cleaning effect.

Very important after a complete wetting of the pocket knife is to let it dry completely before it is stowed again. In addition, the two axes to which the folding tools are attached, with a drop of oil to be re-lubricated. Lubrication must always be independent of the cleaning agent used. The gun oil Ballestol, for example, is very good.

Grease-dissolving cleaning agents

In the case of particularly stubborn soiling such as tree resin or fish scales, fat-dissolving cleaning agents help. As suitable means have proven:

  • WD-40 or Caramba
  • spirit
  • Contact lens cleaner
  • Spülmaschinentabs
  • denture cleaners
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Vinegar (essence)

Soaking baths lasting several hours almost always ensure that the dirt can then be rinsed off with warm water. With all means must be considered, whether the outer handles tolerate the means. Discoloration is possible. If the handles peel off because of the fixing adhesive dissolves, it is inferior goods.

Ultrasonic bath against crunching folding noises

If the pocket knife crunches easily and this effect can not be put off by soaking baths, an ultrasonic bath is often a good solution. If you do not have an ultrasound device, you can ask the goldsmith or the optician if he can put the pocket knife in his device for a small contribution to the coffee box.

Mechanical auxiliary tools for cleaning

Basically, when cleaning a pocket knife can be dispensed with all procedures that can blunt blades or tips. When using mechanical aids, always make movements towards the blade or seats. As mechanical cleaning aids have proven themselves:

  • toothbrush
  • paintbrush
  • make-up brushes
  • toothpick
  • If necessary, tweezers

Tips & Tricks

Take good care of your fingers with "slippery" detergents and methods. The risk of slipping is immense and the risk of stinging or cutting big.

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