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How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64

Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #64. If you're new here, welcome! Maintaining your fixed blade knife is important for the knife's longevity and optimal performance. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a survivalist, bushcrafter, or a fixed blade aficionado, a clean knife is a safe and effective tool. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the step-by-step process of cleaning your fixed blade knife, providing valuable tips to keep it in top-notch condition.

The Importance of Knife Maintenance

A well-maintained fixed blade knife not only enhances its lifespan but also ensures a safe and effective cutting experience. Regular cleaning prevents corrosion, rust, and the accumulation of dirt, preserving the knife's sharpness and structural integrity. With proper care, your fixed blade knife can be a reliable companion for years to come.

Tools and Materials

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64


Before going straight into the cleaning process, gather the necessary tools and materials. You'll need:

  • Mild soap or dish detergent
  • Warm water
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Clean, lint-free cloths
  • Lubricating oil or knife oil
  • Rust remover (if necessary)

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

1. Disassemble the Knife

If your fixed blade knife is designed to be disassembled, carefully take it apart. Pay attention to the handle scales, pins, screws, and any other components. This allows for a thorough cleaning and prevents debris from accumulating in hard-to-reach areas. You of course don't have to disassemble your knife but it will help you get a deeper clean.

2. Clean the Blade

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64


Use a mixture of mild soap and warm water to clean the blade. Gently scrub the entire surface, removing any dirt or residue. For stubborn stains or rust, a rust remover may be required. Be cautious not to scratch the blade during this process.

PRO TIP: Let your knife soak in soapy water for up to 10 minutes to let the warm water loosen the dirt and for the soap to begin to break down grime.

3. Clean the Handle

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64


Knife featured: 2023 Shed Knives US Tanto in Day Glow G-10

Clean the handle using the same mild soap and water solution. Pay special attention to any textured or grooved areas where dirt might accumulate. A soft-bristle brush (like a tooth brush) can be useful for reaching tight spaces.

4. Rinse Thoroughly

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64


Once the cleaning is complete, rinse the knife thoroughly under running water. Ensure all soap residue is removed, especially from the crevices and joints.

5. Dry Completely

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64

Pat the knife dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Allow it to air dry completely before reassembling or storing to prevent moisture-related issues.

6. Lubricate Moving Parts

Apply a small amount of lubricating oil or knife oil to the pivot points and any moving parts. This helps maintain smooth functionality and prevents corrosion.


How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #64

Knife Featured: 2023 Shed Knives US Tanto in Coyote Tan G-10 (Most recent version)

Regularly cleaning your fixed blade knife is a simple yet essential task that significantly impacts its performance and lifespan. By following these steps, you'll keep your knife in optimal condition for various tasks. Remember, a well-maintained knife is not just a tool; it's an investment in reliability and safety.

How To Clean Your Fixed Blade Knife | Shed Knives

For a visual guide to knife cleaning, watch our tutorial video on the Shed Knives YouTube channel. I'll walk you through the process, providing additional tips and tricks to keep your fixed blade knife in top-notch shape. Subscribe for more informative content and stay tuned for the next edition of The S.K. Blog!

To explore a wide range of high-quality knives, like the entire 2023 Shed Knives Collection, visit the Shed Knives website HERE. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next edition of The Shed Knives Blog.



About The Author:

W. Jack Billings - CEO & Founder, Shed Knives

Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.

In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 1,000,000 people on Shed Knives platforms across the world through his work.

When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.

Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.

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