A Complete Switchblade Maintenance Guide

Switchblades and automatic knives are versatile tools prized by collectors worldwide for their beauty and unique functionality. Whether you’re an avid collector or own just a single blade, proper maintenance is key to preserving the performance and lifespan of your switchblade.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through:

  • How to clean your switchblade
  • How to lubricate your switchblade
  • How to sharpen your switchblade
  • How to store your switchblade

How to Clean your Switchblade

To ensure the longevity of your switchblade, routine cleaning is important. Here is a quick guide to cleaning your switchblade!

  1. Begin by disengaging the blade and ensuring the knife is completely closed
  2. Use a soft-bristled brush or compressed air to remove any dirt, debris, or lint from the blade, handle, and mechanism
  3. For stubborn residue, dampen a cloth with warm, soapy water and gently wipe the surfaces clean 
  4. When you are finished, don’t forget to dry the switchblade thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth to prevent moisture from causing corrosion.

How to Lubricate your Switchblade

Lubricant is the key to keeping your switchblade deployment silky smooth and satisfying. Here is the breakdown on how to lubricate your switchblade!

  1. Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as gun oil or knife-specific lubricant, to the pivot point and any moving parts of the blade mechanism. 
  2. Use a precision applicator or a cotton swab to ensure precise application and avoid over-lubrication. 
  3. Work the blade back and forth to distribute the lubricant evenly and ensure smooth operation. 
  4. Finish by wiping away any excess lubricant to prevent attracting dirt and debris.

How to Sharpen Your Switchblade

Regular sharpening is essential to maintain the cutting performance of your switchblade, and will also help keep the usage of your blade safer since dull blades are more likely to cause injury.

The first thing you will need is a sharpening stone, diamond sharpening rod, or electric knife sharpener. Once you have acquired one of these options, follow these simple steps! 

  1. Hold the blade at the proper angle (usually around 20 degrees) and stroke it across the sharpening surface in smooth, consistent motions. 
  2. If you’re using sharpening stones or rods, start with the most coarse grit and progressively move to finer grits for a razor-sharp edge.
  3. Use a leather strop to smooth out the finish of the edge
  4. Test the sharpness by gently slicing through a piece of paper or cardboard.

Properly Storing Your Switchblade

When it comes to protecting your collection, storage is an important consideration.

  1. Store your switchblade in a dry, clean environment away from moisture and humidity. Consider using a dedicated knife storage case or sheath to protect the blade and prevent accidental damage.
  2. Avoid storing the switchblade in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, as this can cause damage to the handle material and affect the blade’s temper.
  3. Periodically check and reapply lubricant to stored switchblades to prevent corrosion and maintain smooth operation.

By following these simple maintenance practices, you can ensure that your switchblade collection remains in optimal condition. And when you are ready to expand your collection, consider picking up our Frank Beltrame Italian Stilettos, AKC and AGA Campolin Switchblades, and other popular switchblades!

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