How to grease a pocket knife

Depending on what kind of knife you have, the process of cleaning it and then properly grease it can be a bit tricky, especially if it’s your first time. In this How-To article, we’ll step by step cover the key points of how to properly grease a pocket knife or a folding knife.

Before you start the process, make sure you have the following:

– Grease solvent / soap

– Soft sponge

– Cotton swabs

– Brush, or a clean toothbrush

– High-quality grease

– Soft piece of cloth

1. Clean the knife

Pretty straight forward, clean the knife by using a cloth, warm water, and a solvent if needed. Make sure to get every part of your knife, any remains of old grease might damage the metal when it comes in contact with the new grease.

Something to take into consideration is that most high-end knife manufacturers don’t recommend you to disassemble any parts of the knife, as the warranty will no longer be valid when you do so.

2.Choose a lubricant

There aren’t many greases specifically designed for knives, although there are many different types of greases, you have to be careful which one you choose. Depending on what you use your knife for, you always want to go for a type of grease that will be long lasting and durable. We always recommend something PFPE based, simply because it’s the most durable grease on the market, and also repels water and high humidity.

Many people often disregard the fact that stainless steel can still be affected by corrosion, just like any other type of metal. So choosing the right grease is definitely something to be taken seriously.

3. Applying the lubricant

When applying lubricants such as grease or oil to your knife, you always need to be careful to not go overboard. If there’s too much grease, it’ll simply seep out and could potentially attract a lot more dirt.

So when applying the grease, you need to know where you want it on your knife, a regular folding knife will have a pivot and that’s where you’ll have to carefully place a couple of drops. Then depending on your knife, you can also grease the locking surface(s).

Another thing to consider is how well the grease will sit on your knife, many mediocre greases have low viscosities and can be a bit too runny and hard to apply. This is why we always recommend PFPE grease, as it bonds with metals, and have a good viscosity level for these types of applications.

Lastly, if you see any grease seeping out, make sure to wipe it off before using the knife.