How to close a pocket knife ?
In today's blog article we will discuss some details about the use of the pocket knife in order to make its use clearer, more precise and obviously neat. Although very simplistic the pocket knife has some unknown facets and we will provide you with some advice that if they are not respected will not prevent you from using the knife normally but that it is always good to know. As for each subject, additional knowledge is always good to take and we never fully master a subject, hence our multiple articles in order to always better understand all our types of knives.
How to use a pocket knife ?
To come back to our subject, holding your pocket knife firmly and correctly is the key to a perfect use. Whether it is for daily tasks, the cutting of everyday products or other things, it remains essential. So there are several types of knife blade locks and we will start with the liner lock.
This famous liner lock is the most widespread mechanism in the world, so you have a great chance to meet it once in your life. A steel rod inside the handle abuts against the blade of the folding knife to prevent it from closing. To unlock the knife and close the blade, simply move this rod with your finger.
Under the explanations of the liner lock and frame lock we will post a photo to show you very precisely the difference.
The frame lock is the same type of mechanism as the Liner Lock, except that here instead of a simple steel rod, it is a whole side of the steel structure of the handle that blocks the blade by pressing on it. It is a stronger and more reliable locking system than the liner lock.
The frame lock is easy to distinguish when the neck is not covered with pads, but when wood or synthetic pads cover the steel plates, it is more difficult and it is then common to confuse it with a liner lock.
You can also find pump locking system (front or back) : The blade locks automatically as soon as it moves to the open position. To unlock it, pressure must be exerted on the pump at the back of the handle or at the front. A spring releases the rod that locks the blade.
We see this system especially on spyderco knives as we can see on this amazon link showing different knives.
Of course the pocket knives are numerous and the opening of those is obviously not the same for all. For butterfly knives for example we discuss the subject in our blog article dedicated to them : How to use a butterfly knife ?
How to clean a pocket knife ?
Many people think that to clean a knife you have to disassemble it but we will show how to do it without going through this step. Even if in some cases it is the best solution some knives are difficult or even impossible to disassemble.
A pocket knife therefore needs to be maintained very regularly, this is essential. As soon as you slip it into your pocket it comes into contact with the textile of your pants and any other objects or dirt that are lying around. These impurities get into the mechanism that makes your knife work and hinder its proper functioning. Getting rid of this problem is quite simple.
When you own a knife that uses a frame lock or liner lock, many believe that the mechanism is malfunctioning, whereas it is almost always dirt that blocks its proper operation.
To convince you not to dismantle your knife we will give you some arguments. First, when you take your knife apart, you must then reassemble it, which is not always easy depending on the model. Moreover, the very thin screws of the knives are not made to be screwed and unscrewed permanently.
In addition, many manufacturers who sell a lifetime warranty with the purchase of the knife no longer take it into account once the knife has been disassembled once, and will notice this regardless of the quality of your re-assembly.
To clean it therefore you only need household alcohol, a light oil against rust or a good lubricating oil. Then you need some cotton swabs and some absorbent paper. Let's start with the blade. Depending on what you do with your knife you may have residue and/or ungrateful stains. With a little alcohol you will do miracles. Also remember to always oil your blade afterwards to protect it from corrosion.
Don't hesitate to sharpen your knife when you clean it, you might as well do it all at once efficiently.
Then come the cotton stems. Use them to remove dust and dirt from hard to reach areas of the knife. These mechanisms must be maintained.
The knife is held in the closed position by a trigger ball. This is the small ball bearing that is placed in the lockbar. We would not pay attention to it but this place often attracts dirt and keeps it for a long time and that's why the opening and closing of the knife gets a bit stuck sometimes.
Again, use a cotton swab with household alcohol to clean the trigger ball. You will probably be shocked by the amount of dirt on it. Then for an even more perfect result take a sheet of paper and slide it between the blade and the ball to remove the last remaining dirt. Above all you have to unfold the knife before doing this.
We have therefore addressed today two very important questions that are often asked by users of pocket knives. We hope that this article will enlighten you on how the locking mechanisms of pocket knives work and how best to clean them. We also invite you to discover our collection of karambit also belonging to the category of pocket knives and which could surprise you.