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How to clean a sticky knife


knife-200x148Q. 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.”

Comments about “How to clean a sticky knife”

  1. concougar says:

    try toothpaste and water

  2. Ponani says:

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

  3. Sly Fox says:

    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. lifer2010 says:

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

  5. pack37 says:

    to get grime of my pocket knife I put lemon juice on an old toothbrush and scrubed.

  6. Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

    Jeff Freeman designed my knife! The Gerber LMF II. great job Jeff!

  7. scouter says:

    stick in & out of the dirt then wipe it off clean….or have a small bottle on your belt loop of hand sanitizer (alcohol)!

    • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

      DO NOT stick ANY knife EVER in and out of the dirt! that will dull and chip the blade faster then any thing else. dirt and rocks are a knifes worst enemy.

    • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

      BAD,BAD,BAD IDEA!! DONT LISTEN TO HIM!! HE JUST EXPLAINED THE BEST WAY TO RUIN A KNIFE!! NEVER, EVER STICK YOUR KNIFE IN THE DIRT!!!!!!!!!

  8. 556 says:

    just wipe it with a towl

  9. musle bob says:

    try using rubbing alchol it should knock it right out

  10. ma6666 says:

    so coool i will try that ting man so coool

  11. piggy says:

    great idea i used to have the same problem

  12. aaaaaaaaverdr says:

    cool I will try it

  13. big boy says:

    i really want a pocketknife

  14. gearguy2 says:

    Q-tips also work for cleaning knifes, but make it wet to clean sticky stuff off.

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