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How do you guys clean your knives?

Postby ssmtbracer » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:18 pm

How do clean your knives do you use plan ol soap and water or something else.

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Postby Leatherneck » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:23 pm

If it's just a little dirt or goo from tape I'll wipe it off with a paper towel and give it a quick stropping on the jeans. If it's a mess then yes, a little soap and water and a good drying.
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Postby The Deacon » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:21 pm

Depends. Plain hot water at max pressure if they're just gritty. Soap and hot water if I've used them for food prep or other tasks that leave them dirty but not gummy. Rubbing alcohol, followed by a hot water rinse, for most gummy residues. WD-40, followed by rubbing alcohol, followed by a hot water rinse for the most persistent tarry goo.
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Postby Rick Grimes » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:05 pm

Soap & Water, then some TUF-Glide.
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Postby redhawk44357 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:08 pm

Maytag !! J/K +1 on the wd. takes off glue and anything else. plus the lubrication factor.

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Postby Henry1960 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:19 pm

The Deacon wrote: WD-40, followed by rubbing alcohol, followed by a hot water rinse for the most persistent tarry goo.
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Postby grunt0331 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:25 pm

...elbow grease!!!

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Postby npueppke » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:32 pm

I wipe it on my jeans. Normally a bit of soap and water plus some elbow grease gets my blades clean, but if it's something gummy WD40 or goo gone will work. Although probably not the best things to clean a knife that will be used for food prep with, though.

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Postby chinook » Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:25 pm

Simple Green and a toothbrush, handsoap and hotwater, wife's hairdryer... Shhh,,, followed by Militec-1 (does not attract lint/dirt when dry) while still hot on both steel and sparingly on handles. Does wonders for G10 if they look a bit dry.
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Postby VashHash » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:45 pm

Usually soap and water depending on what i've done with the knife. I've also used Electra Motive. I find my 154CM manix 2 works best when i leave it dry as in no lubricants at all on the pivot. I do that jean wiping alot too. Although my Superhawk put a 4 inch slit in my pants once from not completely flipping the blade and cleaning it fast. I usually coat with rem oil except for my stretch because it sees food sometimes so i leave that uncoated.

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Postby tonydahose » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:52 pm

when i buy a used frn one and it is beat to crap, the dishwasher. it is against spyderco's recommendation but it works. i then dry the heck out of it and lube it up and buff the blade out.
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Postby PureSeventyNine » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:06 pm

Wouldn't WD-40, then soap and water, then rubbing alcohol be better. I'm sure the rubbing alcohol would dry faster and desanitize at the same time. IDK, just a thought. Please correct me as this is something I wonder about.
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Postby ozspyder » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:45 pm

Short answer is shirt or pants :)

If I have more time then Inox or WD40 and elbow grease. Sometimes soap and hot water. Then a swipe of Inox or Tuf Glide.
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Postby spoonrobot » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:13 am

Regular dish soap, hot water and a toothbrush take care of my cleaning needs. Sometime I use the dishwasher at work but that's on the rare event I get a fill-in shift.

Only lubrication I use is some motor oil at the pivot-sometimes.

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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:27 am

would olive oil as a lubricant work on a knife that often used to cut food? of course it will be washed with soap and water before the olive oil.

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Postby HistoricalMan » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:35 am

tonydahose wrote:when i buy a used frn one and it is beat to crap, the dishwasher..
I know you're only doing that with beater knives, but the thought still makes me cringe a little bit! :eek:

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Postby vito72 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:02 am

Dish soap sponge and hot water, dry with cotton and just a small amount of lube for firearms in pivots currently i use one called CNC. I do not use to clean the blade with oil because usually i use my knife for cutting bread, i leave oil on blades only on stored knives.

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Postby GMArthur » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:00 am

chuck_roxas45 wrote:would olive oil as a lubricant work on a knife that often used to cut food? of course it will be washed with soap and water before the olive oil.

It would work but the olive oil could turn rancid. A better solution for food safe lubrication is mineral oil, which is food safe and won't turn nasty on you. YOu should be able to find it in the laxative section of your local Rx.
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Postby amar » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:02 am

Gummy residue like that from a duct tape can be removed by rubbing with edible-oil (coconut, for eg.), followed by a clean soft cotton cloth wipe.

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Postby hiredgun » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:57 am

GMArthur wrote:It would work but the olive oil could turn rancid. A better solution for food safe lubrication is mineral oil, which is food safe and won't turn nasty on you. YOu should be able to find it in the laxative section of your local Rx.
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