All Benchmade knives are built to be yours for life, and we are committed to ensuring that a Benchmade knife remains a reliable companion in your pocket. With that in mind, there are a few things you can do to properly maintain your knife.
If your knife requires a cleaning, rinse it out with mild dish soap and cool water. Afterward, use compressed air to thoroughly blow out any remaining water. Once dry, you can apply a light viscosity oil such as gun oil, Miteck, or blue lube to the blade, handles, and any other parts that may benefit from added protection.
For any knife, if you notice that your handle material or coated blade appears dried out after washing, simply apply a coat of oil to restore its shine.
For cleaning folders, if you notice a sluggish or gritty action, applying a small amount of light oil to the pivot joint can often resolve the issue. Feel free to use any light oil, like gun oil, Miteck, or blue lube, on the joint. Work the oil into the joint and test the action. If the problem persists, we recommend sending the knife in for service. You can submit a claim for service as part of our Warranty and Lifesharp program.
KITCHEN CUTLERY AND FIXED BLADES:
When it comes to our Kitchen Cutlery and Fixed blades, they are purpose-built for both kitchen and field use. However, they do require a certain level of care. Please note that Benchmade cutlery knives should only be hand washed. Dishwashers operate at high temperatures with detergents that may contain abrasives or chemicals that can dull and damage your knife. It is best to hand wash them with dish soap under warm water and dry them immediately.
INFIDEL AND OTHER SHOOTOUTS:
Resetting the blade: Ensure you are in a safe, open area and take precautions to avoid injury. Push the knife button into the open position and flick the knife forcefully away from yourself using your wrist. You should hear a click as it locks into place. Close and open the knife to see if this resolves the issue.
Cleaning and lubrication: The hole at the bottom of the handle is designed for maintenance. With the blade retracted, use compressed air to blow into the hole and dislodge any lint or debris inside the knife. Then, apply a single drop of any type of gun lubricant into the same hole and actuate the blade upside down approximately 10 times. This will distribute the lubricant throughout the mechanism and keep your knife operating smoothly.
If these options do not resolve the problem or if you prefer not to attempt them yourself, we recommend sending your knife in for servicing. We are more than happy to maintain and fix any issues you may have as part of our Warranty and Lifesharp service.
We hope this information proves helpful in maintaining your Benchmade knife.