How do you clean your multi tool?

1:24 p.m. on July 3, 2009 (EDT)
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I have read a great deal about this but I always read conflicting advice. I have a victorinox multi tool, the huntsman I think, I clean it/oil it occasionally, but after a while it seems to have gotten very dirty. My question is,

how do you clean your multitoool?

I have even read about putting them in the dishwasher, but also warnings not to do so, so I am a bit confused.

5:25 p.m. on July 3, 2009 (EDT)
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Wipe it off, soap & water, alcohol, WD40.

If you use water let it dry and wipe and spray it with something like WD40 and wipe it off with a cloth. If using oil you don't need to drench it. And if it is made of stainless steel as most are it wont rust. You could even use a silicone gun cloth.

11:13 p.m. on July 3, 2009 (EDT)
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Soap and water, scrub brush if needed. I rinse in the hottest water I can stand, then wipe dry. The residual heat will completly dry the tool. I never use WD40 on knives.

4:24 p.m. on July 4, 2009 (EDT)
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Yea you can clean a knife with almost anything the biggest thing is make sure its dry and not dripping wet with anything. I have even used brake-cleaner, carb & choke cleaner, starting fluid if the knife is really nasty greasy or dirty & gritty. Just when you done just make sure its protected with something so it wont rust or corrode.

8:18 p.m. on July 4, 2009 (EDT)
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I use 409 and a soft rag, sometimes mineral spirits. I haven't tried the dishwasher, interesting idea though. I apply a light coat of gun oil before putting it away.

11:09 a.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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Good thread. Any specific tips for cleaning sap off a knife?

5:29 p.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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I know mineral spirits will work, same for white gas (Coleman fuel), I'm sure. If it's a knife you are going to use for food prep you may want to try alcohol or some other kitchen safe cleaner that will not leave behind a residue as mineral spirits does.

9:29 p.m. on July 15, 2009 (EDT)
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I like all the recommendations above but I also use compressed air after washing-buy it in a can otc at places like K-mart for computer cleaning.

WD-40 is great for removing water but it IS NOT a good lubricant.

I often use baseball glove leather conditioner on knife joints because it is very thin, a decent lube and I have more than I need since I don't play baseball anymore.

Mineral oil is another decent lube, cleaner and good for bone handles to prevent cracking.

Storing your equipment? Ren-Wax it. It works on knives, paper, leather, cloth etc, etc, etc-museums use it exclusively-so can you.

Corrosion-X is the absolute best for preventing/removing rust [with some elbow grease.

9:56 a.m. on July 24, 2009 (EDT)
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hot water and soap

for lubrication, use gun oil ... remington oil (which can be found at wal-mart and most major sporting stores) is probably the best. gun oil is very viscous and designed to function well in dirty environments. also a great rust preventative.

second option is dry silicone spray which is used for lubricating the guide wheels on a garage door.

10:27 p.m. on August 2, 2009 (EDT)
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My water heater is turned up rather high, so i use the dishwaser and put WD-40 on right after bringing it out. Mine gets kinda nasty at time and that always worked for me.

9:50 a.m. on August 3, 2009 (EDT)
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I've found that compressed air throught a pinpoint nozzle gets most of the heavy dirt out of the joints. My multi tool is held together by Allen screws, so I regularly disassemble it to clean and lube the hinges. I too like to use a SMALL amount of gun oil - even if the tool is stainless steel. Too much oil just attracts dirt, making the problem worse.

4:41 a.m. on August 4, 2009 (EDT)
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I've used diesel fuel to clean rust off of hand tools and hand cable winches. Should work on most anything. Just dump the tool in it and let it sit for a day or so.

5:14 p.m. on August 5, 2009 (EDT)
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About the only cleaning I do is washing the jalapeno slivers off the blade after cutting my jalapeno-jack cheese. :)

4:16 p.m. on August 11, 2009 (EDT)
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I think good old soap and water work best. Dry it off and use some vegatable oil to lube it.

Works well for me since I find myself using it to cut edibles.

8:10 p.m. on September 4, 2009 (EDT)
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Mechanic's hand soap is good for sap.

I did find out the hard way it is better to not uses the kind with grit in it on your car.

9:09 p.m. on September 4, 2009 (EDT)
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I've used diesel fuel to clean rust off of hand tools and hand cable winches. Should work on most anything. Just dump the tool in it and let it sit for a day or so.

Regular unleaded gasoline works also. The cleaning agents that are added to diesel and regular gasoline are great at getting rid of gunk on tools . The grease monkey's in my high-school (myself included) would do this to clean anything from small engines to tools that were accidently dropped in the lube used for ball joints (on cars) ... but I digress.

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