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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?


https://www.harborfreight.com/25-lit...ner-63256.html
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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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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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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 canít wash a knife in water...I wouldnít 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 donít 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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