Knife maintenance tips

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knife maintenance

Knife maintenance is useful to ensure the full functionality of the knife and its durability over time.

How should the maintenance be done?

Many knife manufacturers and makers who have high-quality knives ensure rapid replacement (unless the product is temporarily unavailable) in many cases such as:

  • manufacturing defect that undermines the functionality of the product;
  • caused by a defect in the realization or the defect inherent in the material.

Many provide the guarantee that covers knives indefinitely.

Ps. The linings or other parties have a lower guarantee from the date of purchase of the first buyer.

The warranty does not cover damage from wear and oxidation, which can be avoided, even on the best stainless steels, only with careful cleaning and lubrication.

To take advantage of this guarantee you clearly need to send the defective material with the original purchase receipt attached.

If defects not caused by the user are detected, the defective part is replaced for free and the company or maker takes charge of the return shipment.

But the important thing regardless of the warranty of the product is still the care and maintenance of the knife.

Knife maintenance

In case you want to make a repair, the maker usually offers the customer a service that repairs or replaces damaged parts.

The cost of the transaction will also be communicated to the customer upon receipt of the product to see if it is something technically feasible.

The re-sharpening service is for customers, free excluding shipping costs that are borne by the customer.

Most of a maker’s blades are made of the highest quality steel, with very high mechanical, cutting and oxidation resistance characteristics.

Despite this, the stainlessness of martensitical steels (from temper) does not have an absolute value but depends heavily on factors as diverse as the concentration of chromium, surface roughness, tempering modes, reagents with which they come into contact.

That’s why I suggest a few maintenance rules but that allow you to have an always efficient and functional knife that will best support you for a very long working life.

Fixed blades

Knifemaker Drop Point KnifeAll plastic/wood/micarta/bone/etc. Knife: handle, stiff lining in kydex or straps are made as high mechanical and chemical resistance materials.

Accessory metal components such as screws, buttons and springs are produced in metals virtually immune to oxidation.

The blade is the part you’ll need to pay the most attention to.

These rules must also be observed in case the blade is protected from surface treatments, these, in fact, as long as resistant, tend to wear out with use, leaving the surface of the blade bare.

The handle, easily disassembled, will facilitate these operations.

The closeables

tacticle folding knifeAll plastic and metal parts excluding the blade, closing lever and cod are produced in materials virtually immune to oxidation.

The blade is the part you’ll need to pay the most attention to.

These rules must also be observed in case the blade is protected from surface treatments, these, in fact, as long as resistant, tend to wear out with use, leaving the surface of the blade bare.

It is recommended to perform cleaning and lubrication operations using tampons and brushes, without dismantling the knife.

Too many disassembles and replacements can compromise the quality of assemblies and components.

In general

The knife should be kept dry and lubricated (specific synthetic lubricants or for weapons).

In case the knife is bathed with salt water it is necessary to rinse it with fresh water, dry it and lubricate it.

Salt water is the common worst enemy of hardening steels.

In case the knife is stored for a certain period of time, in case the knife is bathed with fresh water, in case it gets dirty with water-soluble materials such as mud: it is enough to wash it with fresh water, dry it and lubricate it.

In case the knife gets dirty with fatty materials it is necessary to clean it with common household detergents, dry it and lubricate it.

Make sure that the inside of the sheath is always clean, the dirt often contains abrasive matter that in uncovering and lining could scratch the surface of the knife.

Extraordinary maintenance

Knife maintenance tips coltellimania.comIn the case of wear or break one of the parts of the knife, you can replace the that part without having to replace the whole knife.

The severely worn sharpening can be re-established by the manufacturer or by a licensed professional roaster.

Parts that are particularly prone to wear can be disassembled and replaced.

The replacement of the damaged part can be carried out by any maker and with standard equipment.


knife maintenanceThe country reslving can be carried out with natural polished stones and deaemated platelets but it is recommended the use of quality tools and to follow these rudiments of refinement.

Choose the right grain for the type of sharpening you want to get:

  • a coarse grain to remove scratching and damage on the wire,
  • fine grain to restore cutting capacity.

The basic rule is to slide the blade on the relia, so that it does not touch the plate of the blade but the plate of the wire.


If you want to always have a functional and efficient knife you need that you have good care of the knife.

Often the knives of the makers end up in the drawers and windows of collectors but some enthusiasts precisely because they know the quality of a handmade knife they make the knives to make them maker to use them in different uses.

Now like any knife it needs good care and maintenance no knife excluded.

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