How to Clean Swiss Army Knife?

                                    How to clean Swiss army knives

There is a brand called Swiss Army knife, that brand has a few special things about it. First one is that Swiss Army is one of the best knife producers in the world. Their quality is exceptional and they have the best endurance to outdoor conditions, harsh environments and rough usage. These durable products are designed in such a way that they become the best. They today enjoy a marketing niche over all other brands in the world because of their rugged quality and an exceptional Customer Service. There are many brands that manufacture Swiss army knives but the notable and the best two among them are Wenger and Victorinox, these brands manufacture original Swiss gear materials. Wenger was recently integrated to Victorinox in 2013, but it still operates as a separate company and its products are sold under the name of Wenger. Wenger has produced the biggest pocket knives in the world, their Giant or the Wenger 16999 weighed an exceptional 8.75 pounds, it had 87 implements that carried over 140 functions. Both these brands have raised the quality standards and the name of Swiss Army knives up to the sky. So when you are buying a knife you would always choose Swiss gear over others as it would save you lots of money and also save you from the trouble of getting the local branded knife repaired. But once you buy a Swiss Army knife, after some period of time you have to clean it as well.

How to clean the Swiss army knife? This is the question that loads of people have been asking and there hasn’t been any review that would articulate the ways on cleaning the Swiss Army knife or the Swiss army Knife tool.

So we have tried to clean the knife by different methods and making sure that they would be easy to use and good. There are two methods, wet cleaning and dry cleaning. It all depends on you that which method would you choose for cleaning your traditional Swiss army knife or Swiss army tools.

Wet cleaning:

This process is given by Victorinox in how to take care of your Swiss army knife or Swiss army tool. So the process is that you have to get boiling or warm water, fill it in a cup. Then open the Swiss army knife blade and then dip it in the water and then close the blade, you have to repeat this step a few times until the blade is closing and opening easily. You can do the same process with all your tools. The next step is that you place the knife on a clean towel or a cloth, place the knife on it and then rub the towel on the surface and on the inside of the knife by opening all the tools. After that let the knife dry. Once the knife is dry, you have to put the special oil in the knife and on the surface as well, then open all the tools and put oil in it. Then you have to clean the access oil from the knife using a towel or a cloth. Once the excess oil is removed from the knife put the knife under the sun for a while or in the room temperature, let it soak all the oil. Once you are done with drying the oil, you need to Sharpen it. For sharpening you need to use a knife sharpener and rub it at 15-20 degrees with the blade. And there you go, the simplest way of cleaning your Swiss army knife.
Dry cleaning:

This process includes a lots of steps and it is not very easy as compared to the wet cleaning. But it is very effective method of cleaning the knife. Following are certain steps that need to be followed before cleaning a Swiss army knife.

  1. Brushing:

This is a simple and the first step, it involves a brush which could be either traditional soft brush or a steel brush. You have to open the knife and check for areas that have harder dirt reservoirs. Then you have to use the steel brush to remove that hard dirt from the surface of the knife and from the inside. Once you are done with this, you have to use a soft traditional brush to clean out the soft dust pores. This will remove all the dirt from the knife.  But remember, during the cleaning process make sure that you open all the tools in the knife for effective cleaning.

  1. Cleaning with toothpicks and paper towel:

This is a tricky step. It is used to remove the excess dirt that is left from the brushing process. With the help of the toothpick you have to reach the areas where the brush couldn’t, then use the toothpick to remove that hard dirt from the knife. Then you can repeat step one, cleaning with the soft brush. After that you should use a paper towel. Make cylindrical shape of the towel and clean the inside of the knife to remove any excess dirt stuck in between the tools.

  1. Cleaning with the cotton swab:

This is an important step and some people skip it. Cotton Swabs are used to clean the knife thoroughly and give it a clean glossy finish. You can use the cleaning liquids, apply some on the cotton swab and then rub the swab all over the knife and also rub the inside of the knife with the cotton swab. This process will give a clean glossier look to your knife.

  1. Oiling:

Using oil enhances the overall life of the knife, as it has important minerals that enhance the durability of the material used to make the knife and hence increasing the durability of the knife. There are special oils available for Swiss army knives and for Swiss army tools. You can buy them but traditional machine oils will do just fine. Now while oiling, you have to open all the tools of the knife, put oil in it and then close it. Repeat this process a few times to achieve the best performance of the knife. After oiling clean the access oil from the knife.

  1. Using oiled towel:

This step is not so important and can be skipped, but it is a good thing if one does this, as it is very important for the finish and the handles of the knife, which may get faulty over time. All you have to do in this step is to put some oil on the towel, place the knife on the towel, and rub the oiled towel on the surface of the knife. This process gives a clean finish to your knife and allows you to increase the life of the handle of the knife.

  1. Sharpening:

This is the last step of dry cleaning method. In this step you have to sharpen your knife with the sharpening tool. Doing it with hand is a better option than the machine, as the machine heats up the blade, which needs to be watered, this reduces the overall quality and texture of the knife. So in order to avoid that sharpen the knife by hand with a knife sharpener.

Dry clean or wet clean?

Both these methods are extremely effective in cleaning the knife. The wet method is an easier method and it doesn’t consume as much time as dry cleaning. But dry cleaning is a good option too, although it does consume loads of time of the user but still it is very good as it doesn’t use water and water may affect the overall quality of the knife.

Since you are here, we have recommended and selected a few of the best Swiss gear knives.

Recommended products:

We have reviewed a few of the best knives from Swiss gear in order to articulate this recommendation. Our review is based on a set of Specifications. Specifications are the abilities and the qualities of a product, they help user determine which knife is the best and what are the capabilities it has. When it comes to reviewing Swiss Army knives, its specifications are its overall quality, its durability, its design, its comfort, Safety and lastly the warranty of the product.

Wenger 16999; the Giant, Swiss army knife:

This product from Wenger is a novelty product or a collector’s item. Wenger Successfully
manufactured the world’s largest pocket knife. It has a weight of 7 pounds or 112 Ounces.
It is 8.75’’ wide and has a total of 87 implements that serve over 140 functions. The functions include a 2.5-inch 60% serrated locking blade, Nail file, Nail cleaner, Corkscrew, Adjustable pliers with wire crimper and cutter, Removable screwdriver bit adapter2.5-inch blade for Official World Scout Knife, Spring-loaded, locking needle-nose pliers with wire cutter, Removable screw diver bit holder, Phillips head screwdriver bit, Phillips head screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver bit, 2Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5mm x 3.5mm, Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6mm x 4.0mmflat head screwdriver bit 1.0mm x 6.5mm, Magnetized recessed bit holder, Double-cut wood saw with ruler, Chain rivet setter, Removable 5mm, Allen wrench, Screwdriver for slotted and Phillips head screws, Removable tool for adjusting spokes10mm, Hexagonal key for nuts, Removable 4mm curved allen wrench with Phillips head screwdriver, Patented locking screwdriver, Universal wrench2.4-inch springless scissors with serrated self-sharpening design, 1.65-inch clip point utility blade, Phillips head screwdriver2.5-inch clip-point blade and many more. The knife can be bought for 3800-4200$.

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife:

This engraved Swiss army knife from Victorinox has the best design and comes in different engravings. It has a total of 15 functions that include 2.45″ blade, corkscrew, bottle opener with screwdriver, wood saw and scissors and many more. It comes with a lifetime warranty against defects. It is an official warranty from Victorinox which allows its customers to judge the credibility of the brand. It has a total weight of 3.42 ounces which is not that much as compared to the number of functions this knife has. Itcan be bought for a price of 30-50$.

Victorinox Swiss Champ, Swiss army knife:

This beautiful knife can be bought for a price that ranges between 60$ to 90$. It is one of the most beautiful knifes by Victorinox. This knife features a total of 33 functions which include a large Blade, a Small Blade, a Corkscrew, a Can Opener, a Small Screwdriver (also for Phillips Screws), a Bottle Opener with, a Large Screwdriver, a Wire Stripper, a Reamer. a Key Ring, Tweezers, a Toothpick, Scissors, a Multi-purpose Hook (Parcel Carrier), a Wood Saw, a Fish Scaler, a Hook Disgorger, a Ruler (in/cm), a Nail File with, a Nail Cleaner, a Metal File, a Metal Saw,a Fine Screwdriver, a Chisel/Scraper, a Plier, a Wire Cutter, a Wire Crimper, a Phillips Screwdriver,  a Magnifying Lens, a Pressurized Ballpoint Pen,  a Straight Pin, a Patented Mini-screwdriver and a Sewing Eye. It weighs just a little over 6 ounces.

Wenger Evogrip S101 Swiss Army Knife:

Evo-grip S101 is one of the most light weight knives from Swiss army. It has a very light weight of just 1.94, and it is called the lightest because it serves a good number of functions as well. Apart from that, it has evo-grip rubber handles which allows the user to use this knife when their hands are sweaty or wet due to rain or such conditions. This elegant and stylish knife from Wenger has a very low price and it can be bought in a price range of 32-53$. This knife has a total of 11 functions that include a 2.5″ blade, a 1.65” clip point utility blade, a patented locking screwdriver. They also have a cap lifter, a wire stripper, a can opener, a nail file, a nail cleaner, a corkscrew, a reamer, an awl, a toothpick, tweezers and finally a key ring.

Product Description Wenger 16999 Victorinox Swiss-champ Evo-grip S101 Victorinox Hntsman
Weight 112 ounces 6.426 Ounces 1.94 3.4
Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Functions 87 implements, 140 functions 33 functions 11 functions 15 functions
Engraving No No No Yes
Warranty Depends on the seller Yes, a lifetime warranty against defects Depends on the seller Yes, a lifetime warranty against defects
Price 3800-4800$ 60-90$ 32-53$ 30-50$

We tried to review some of the best products and we agreed on one thing which was that undoubtedly Swiss army knives are the best knives in the world, depending upon their Design, quality and the endurance we have come to this verdict. Choosing which method to use in order to clean the Swiss army knife depends on the user. Both methods are really good and effective in cleaning the knife.


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