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So you own a pocketknife, or maybe tens or hundreds of them. If so, you know they need maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication with a high quality knife oil. Since you're on this website, you also know Knife Pivot Lube (KPL) is the premier knife oil and the ultimate solution for protecting your collection and making your knives operate with buttery smoothness. KPL does this by keeping dirt, metal particles, and grit in suspension so they don't cause grinding and premature wear. KPL's wickability modifiers help KPL seep rapidly into the tightest crevices of your knife - meaning KPL goes where you need it without being thin like typical penetrating oils.
Once you've purchased Knife Pivot Lube, how do you use it? Well, you have two options. If you are like me, and you simply want fast results you can use KPL without ever disassembling your knife! To start, use a cotton swab to remove excess dirt, dust, lint and oil from your knife, you will want to start with a knife that's as clean as possible.
Apply 1-2 drops of Knife Pivot Lube to each side of blade near pivot
If you are the fastidious type, or are a person who likes the mechanical satisfaction that comes from disassembling and cleaning your knives to like-new condition, you can also use KPL as a lubricant after fully disassembling your knife to get every last speck of dirt out! Be sure before you do this that you are comfortable with the disassembly process and that you have the proper tools. Also, be aware that some knife manufacturers will treat disassembly as breaching the knife's warranty.
To begin, start with the right tools! Pocketknives are put together using small screws that can strip easily. If you are using cheap drivers, which tend not to be precisely produced, you are very likely to do damage to your knife. Here at KPL, we highly recommend Wiha products. You might also consider a knife disassembly kit from a company like Journey Tool or Cur that includes Wiha bits along with a bearing driver to make disassembly easy.
Get the right tools
Carefully remove the fasteners holding the knife together and remove all components. If possible follow an online guide for your particular knife model. We love the YouTube video guides for many popular knives published by Nick Shabazz. Be certain to avoid over-torquing screws as you disassemble.
Carefully remove fasteners
Now clean every part of your knife using a solvent like isopropyl alcohol.
Clean components with alcohol.
Apply KPL to pivot and detent and begin re-assembling your knife. Tighten screws firmly, but avoid using too much force. It is a good idea to use a non-permanent threadlocker on fasteners so they don't wiggle loose over time.
Apply KPL then reassemble knife using a temporary threadlocker like blue Loctite
Finally, tighten the pivot screw of your knife carefully to fine-tune the action of the knife. Look for good blade centering and a lack of side-to-side play.
Tighten pivot screw for optimal deployment performance
That's it! Your knife is lubed for buttery smoothness using KPL. KPL's synthetic lubricants maintain a cushioning fluid layer between knife parts during high speed opening and use. Goodbye scratchy pivots!
KPL Combo Pack