How to Clean a Victorinox Pocket Knife

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Cleaning a Victorinox pocket knife is not too difficult, provided you follow the right steps. It’s important to remember that a little bit of effort goes a long way. If you have the time and the inclination to properly care for your knife, it will last for years.

The first step is to open and close your tools. This will help to remove any dirt or grit that may be building up. Once you have opened and closed your tool, it’s time to rinse it off. Depending on how dirty your blade is, you may need to use a little soap to get it clean.

Next, brush the inside of the blade, including the hinges, to remove any built up grit. You can also use an old toothbrush to help with this. But be sure not to scratch the metal tools, as this can damage them.

After rinsing the blade, it’s time to apply some lubrication. This will prevent your knife from rusting. There are a few different options for lubricating a Victorinox, but you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you plan on using your knife frequently, you should oil it. It will protect the blade from rusting and make the knife more comfortable to use. However, you should not do this every time you use your pocket knife. Rather, it should be done on a monthly basis.

For an even more thorough cleaning, you can use solvents. A mild dishwashing solution or acetone are both safe and effective. Remember not to leave the solvent on the knife for too long. Rust can form much faster if the solvent remains on the blade for too long.

Before you begin the actual cleaning, be sure to wear cut resistant gloves. This will keep you from tearing your hands on the knife, and also help you to avoid being in a slippery situation.

In general, you should wash a pocket knife every month. This is usually enough to keep it running smoothly. Ensure that you thoroughly rinse it afterward, and let it air dry.


Whether you want to make sure your Victorinox pocket knife keeps working for you or you want to protect it from rust, you can oil it. In fact, you should always oil your knives, even if you don’t use them often. This will help them last longer and keep them in tip top condition.

When you’re ready to oil your pocket knife, you will need a few things. First, you’ll need some rags. Make sure they’re lint-free. Then, you’ll need a bottle of lubricating oil. Don’t use cooking oil, as it will oxidize and smell bad. You can use sewing machine oil or electric hair clipper oil instead.

You’ll also need rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is flammable, so don’t use it near an ignition source. WD-40 is not recommended for Swiss Army knives.

Once you’ve cleaned and oiled your pocket knife, you may need to resharpen it. Some people use sharpening stones or custom-built knife sharpeners. Other people prefer the easier method of using a sharpening kit.

Aside from sharpening your Victorinox pocket knife, you may need to clean it. That means opening and closing it a few times. It’s also a good idea to remove any debris from the hinges.

If you have a greasy knife, you may need to use a rubbing alcohol. Just be careful to use the smallest amount. Otherwise, you will be left with grease on your hands.

After you have gotten rid of the grime on your Victorinox pocket knife, you can finally start oiling it. To do this, you will need to open and close the blades several times. Then, you’ll need to apply a light coat of oil. Do this by using a Q-tip.

Finally, you’ll need a lint-free cloth. Use it to wipe away the excess oil from the hinges. As you do so, you should also make sure to keep the knife clean and dry.

Although you can’t use cooking oil on your Victorinox pocket knife, you should still be careful when doing the oiling process. You should never leave your knife submerged in water, as it can rust.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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