Pocket knives are essential tools for many individuals, but like any mechanical device, they require regular maintenance to function optimally. One crucial aspect of maintenance is lubrication, which ensures smooth operation when opening and closing the knife, and it prolongs the life of it. Learn how to properly lubricate your pocket knife without voiding the warranty or disassembling it unnecessarily.

Pocket Knife Lubrication

1. Blow Out Lint and Dust

Before applying any lubricant, it's essential to clean out any accumulated lint, dust, and other remains from the pivot area. This can be done effectively using compressed air. A quick blast of compressed air will dislodge any particles that may hinder the smooth movement of the blade.

2. Apply Knife Oil

Once the pivot area is clean, it's time to apply lubricant. Choose a high-quality knife oil specifically designed for pocket knives. Avoid using household oils like WD-40, as they can attract and stick more dirt in your pivot, ultimately leading to more significant problems.

Apply a couple of drops of knife oil directly onto the pivot area. Ensure that the oil penetrates the mechanism thoroughly. You can do this by opening and closing the blade multiple times in such position that the oil works its way into the pivot. You can also apply a small amount of oil around the pivot to provide extra lubrication. Be careful not to over lubricate.

3. Avoid Disassembly

Knife collectors and enthusiasts love to take pocket knives apart. You don't always need to disassemble your knife for lubrication. At Knafs, we believe in you owning your knives, so we allow you to take them apart and modify them as you please. However, disassembling the knife can be a complicated process, and depending on the manufacturer, it may even void the warranty. Unless absolutely necessary, it's best to avoid taking your knife apart.

That's it! Maintenance is part of the pocket knife game. Lubing your knife is not something you need to do very often, but when you do, enjoy the process.