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How to clean a sticky knife


Q. Whenever I go camping I always cut oranges with my knife. But then my knife sticks and is hard to get open. What is the best way to de-stick my knife?
— Sticky Fetzko, Munhall, Pa.

A. First, try licking the juice off the blade … wait, bad idea! Very bad idea.

Here’s what my friend Jeff Freeman, a big-time knife designer with Gerber Legendary Blades, recommends: “Wash your knife in warm water with simple dish soap. This will get the acid off. Be sure to get any gunk out of the knife’s locking mechanism. (Try using a toothpick.) Then, towel it dry or let it air dry.

“If you live by the coast where there’s lots of salt air, dab a little motor oil on a rag and rub it onto the blade. Finally, wipe it off with a towel.”

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5 Comments on How to clean a sticky knife

  1. try toothpaste and water

  2. It’s called soap & water. Give it a try.

  3. Wipe it down with your honing oil, it’s the best oil for your knife. It’s also a consumable unlike motor oil or WD-40 cleaning solution.

  4. definetely dont lick it, i tried that after cutting oranges and it cut my lip which bled for about 2 hours

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