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Old 09-18-2019, 08:18 PM
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So I have a Kershaw leek. I love it, got a great price.
I have an Opinel 8. Clearly a great knife.

But, I use them to cut sandwiches, and lunch stuff almost daily.

Now they are both sort of gunked up.
The videos I have found about cleaning the Leek are like a rocket repair manual.
And for the life of me I cannot get the Openel to move easy.

Thoughts on either simple ways to clean them, or replace them?
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:29 PM
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How about an ultrasonic parts washer with Pinesol?


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Old 09-18-2019, 10:16 PM
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ooh, any excuse to go to Harbor Frieght is appreciated.

And I absolutely forgot that Pine sol existed.
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:55 AM
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Swiss army is the best food prep folder I have ever come across.

Smooth scales and almost impervious to rust means you can eat hose the thing down, jam it straight back in your pocket and forget about it.

I use the pickniker because it has a few cool attachments. But for simplicity the sentinel would be the choice.

https://youtu.be/6zuQG5CWEcU

There just isn't really anywhere for gunk to catch on the knife.
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Hose it out with WD-40 or starting fluid. Then boiling hot water until its warm enough to dry itself quickly. Much easier to clean right after use, than later when the crud is dried on.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:41 PM
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ooooh that sentinel is cool

This is what I do not want to do.

https://youtu.be/p6oQCLZsIE0
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Old 09-20-2019, 07:16 AM
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For the leak, hand wash in hot soapy water, use an old toothbrush, or Q-tips, pipe cleaners, whatever to scrub, rinse, dry and oil.

The Opinel, (I have a bunch and love them...harder use knives then most think)
If its stiff to open, and always has been, you can take a part and sand a little inside that will fix it.
I personally recommend sanding the handle a bit, and refinishing it, as it will be less susceptible to absorbing any moisture and thus swelling/becoming harder to open.

If it was easy to open prior, but is now stiff, its likely water or moisture that has done it, it needs to dry out, or you may have just a bit of rust forming around the pivot. Your environment just may be humid enough to mess with it.

After refinishing mine, I have forgot I had my them in my pocket and wade fished for a day in a river, or forgot to take them out of pockets and put clothes through the washing machine, and never had and major issue with an ability to open them. I wash them in the sink like any other knife I own when they need it, the difference is I don't let them soak for an excessive time like I would a none wooden handled knife. They are great folders.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:18 AM
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Another consideration, CRKT "Field Strip" knives:







I was just curious and picked up the Slacker. It's been a surprisingly solid folder. The take down feature is unique, but simple and allows you to really clean it well if gunked up bad.

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Thanks guys.

I saw that video on the Leek and it just set me back.
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If you can’t wash a knife in water...I wouldn’t own it.

That said...I have old carbon steel knives with blades that are so discolored and mottled that some might think they are diseased. I don’t care. Sometimes I use vinegar or lemon juice to create a patina, sometimes I let it happen naturally, but I have no issue with hosing the knife down with HOT water, scrubbing what needs scrubbed, picking at what needs some picking, then blowing it dry, oiling it up and getting on with life.
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With the blade(s) open the dishwasher works well enough for me.
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D2 Rat 1. simple as it gets. Like the D2 variant more than the AUS 8, but both are good.
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I have a blog on knives and was thinking about making a big post on cleaning and maintaining folding knives. Too bad i haven't written it yet to share. lol.

Like above, i recommend rinsing out as long as you can dry them really well after, also, while wd40 is a good water dispersal it is not really a good long term lubricant. I like a nice light machine oil or for certain blades a dry graphite lube. Just keep in mind that if you use it for food prep that whatever lube you use will end up in your food.

One of the keys is to try to keep them clean right after you get it dirty, but i know in the real world that is not always possible. Sometimes, something like a good soak in varsol or thinner can penetrate and remove any gunk, but all the above still applies and they need to be thoroughly dried and a light oil after.

If they cannot or you do not want to disassemble them to clean then any option like that should work, although it really is a deep topic with tons of choices and options that can work for your situation.
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Another consideration, CRKT "Field Strip" knives:...
...I was just curious and picked up the Slacker. It's been a surprisingly solid folder. The take down feature is unique, but simple and allows you to really clean it well if gunked up bad.
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Both the Case XX-Changer and the Buck 550 Selector 2.0 offer interchangeable blades and are pretty easy to keep clean. The CRKT "Field Strip" feature is pretty interesting. I like serrations and I really like Veff serrations. I'm not really fond of Tanto style blades in a folder but if the HOMEFRONT™ TACTICAL had Veffs instead of Triple-Point serrations I'd be tempted to buy it.
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copper cleaning brush for the slot of it gets to bad, wood stick cotton swab with a lil mineral spirits or isoprophinol to clean and a second with a lil TW25B on it to lube, once a week as you carry em and thy dont get really crusty unless you use it to skin game. in that case , just like a BP rifle Hot water first then the same procedure.
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