omega wrote:john wrote:Im glad it opened without taking any drastic measures. The original lubricant must have dried out and solidified. I still haven't checked mine out, but now I know what to try first.
I like a happy ending.
Yep! Exactly what appears to have happened. When I was done giving them all the Naphtha douche, I looked at the solution - it was all cloudy (normally clear) with lots of particulate matter suspended. The knives had definitely gotten crudded up with something. Since I rarely use lubricants, it pretty much has to be either the factory stuff or something that someone else introduced before I bought them. When I do use lubes, its either Safariland CPL or Militec-1. I discovered that KY-Liquid and Astroglide are too thick
The naphtha is available at Home Depot for $7.00 (USD) per quart - cheaper than Ronson Lighter Fluid and its the same thing, just packaged differently. Sold as VM&P Naphtha for use in thinning varnishes. WARNING: Naphtha vaporizes quickly when exposed to air - lots of ventilation required and for Christ's sake, NO OPEN FLAMES - unless you want to look like Wiley Coyote after the crate of Acme Dynamite explodes. Dispose of saturated paper towels and rags properly too.
Just of enough time left to ventilate the house before the wife arrives home and accuses me of running a meth lab or something due to the chemical smell.
Thanks for the info on the Naphtha. I always thought Naphtha was pretty aggressive solvent, did the Brazilian horn still look OK no haze or any thing like that?
Did you ever try Naphtha on a plastic scales, I wounder if it would leave a haze on plastic, or melt it?
I have had pretty good luck with cleaning with WD 40. Spray out the whole knife, opining it, and standing it on end (vertical- blade down) over night so any crap runs down the blade. Then wipe it down good and use "pipe cleaners" to get in all the nooks and cranny's.
And then lube it with your favorite lube.
I only do this if I buy a used knife that is dirty or is sticking. I have read on some sites that WD 40 is the worst thing for a knife. I hope I don't regret
doing this, and in another 10 years find that the scales have fallen of my knifes
This would be a good topic.... "what solvent do you use to clean your knife?