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Knife Care
Buck Knife Care, Cleaning, and Repair
Please don't throw, pound, pry or chop with a Buck knife. It's not safe and if you damage the knife using it that way, it may void the warranty. Strong impact or twisting can also damage your knife or worse, cause an injury. If you have a lockback blade, always check that the locking mechanism is in working order before you use it.
Buck knives are built to last. Take good care of your Buck and it will serve you well. Keep your knife dry; that means the entire knife, not just the blade. Keep your knife clean, particularly moving parts and locking device. Keep your knife oiled; especially pivot points and the blade. Keep your knife sharp; a sharp blade is safer than a dull one. Donít try to repair a damaged knife yourself. Send it to us and weíll do our best to make it good as new.  
Store your knife in a dry place, out of the sheath. Lightly wipe the blade with clean oil two to three times a year to keep rust from starting. You may need to oil more often if you live near water.
At Buck, we use stainless steel for the blade. We use other components that minimize the weathering effects of liquids and oxidation, because we want your knife to last. Cleaning and caring for your knife will maintain performance and enhance the life your knife.
That includes the blade, pivot points and locking mechanism. It's best not to immerse the knife in liquid. But if you do, be sure to dry your knife thoroughly. Spray cleaners are a good alternative. Clean and oil your knife regularly to avoid sticky residues, light surface oxidation and the beginnings of rust.
If you find the metal has a blue, grey or black color, it is a sign of oxidation and a precursor of rust.
Stainless steel, which is what Buck uses, does not discolor easily. If you do notice a change in the color of the metal, clean it immediately. Itís a sign of rust waiting to happen.
Discoloration is common to non-stainless steel. But regular cleaning will keep the metal from rusting.
Rust is reddish-brown in color and will eat pits into your blade and contaminate what you cut. Light rust can be cleaned and removed with oil. Heavier rust requires more abrasive action.
We recommend Metal Brite, an excellent polish for removing rust. You can also use some solvents or a plastic cleaning pad.
As a rule of thumb, clean your knife after each use. Always clean and dry the entire knife. True, our blades are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, but oxidization will happen over time.
Folding knives should be kept clean of dirt, especially the locking device on lockback knives.
Clean, polish and lubricate your knife often. It will last longer, perform better and be all-around safer to use.
Clean Streak is completely residue-free. Itís an excellent metal cleaner thatís easy to use.Simply spray and wipe. No rinsing or immersion in liquid required.
Metal Brite is a polish. It removes surface oxidation, rust, tarnish and sticky residues while leaving a protective coating.
You can also use chemical solvents like Acetone, nail polish remover, MEK, alcohol and paint thinner to clean the blade. Keep in mind that these solvents can damage some Buck handles.
Don't use harsh detergents that contain chlorine like washing machine powders. They can speed up corrosion of the metal.
Every now and then we suggest applying a small amount of lubricant to the working parts of your knife, including a think film over the surface of the blade. And always lubricate after cleaning.
We recommend using Wax Lubricant. It will lubricate, seal and protect your knife from surface oxidation and corrosion from moisture.
Please donít try and repair your Buck knife yourself. You could injure yourself, damage the knife and void your warranty. Send it to us instead. If the repairs to your knife fall under the warranty, there wonít be a charge. If there are charges, we will let you know before we proceed. Payment is required upfront before we do any repair work.
HOW TO SEND YOUR KNIFE IN FOR REPAIR:Tell us who you are and what is wrong with your knife.Let us know what you think is wrong with your knife. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. Wrap your knife securely.Please put each knife in a sheath or wrap in cardboard to protect it during shipping. Pack it so the point will not cut through the packaging. You will get your sheath or cardboard back upon return. Packing up your knife.We prefer that you pack your knife in a box. A padded envelope may also work if the knife isnít too heavy or bulky. Be sure to put packing around the knife so it sits securely in the package. Shipping methods.We recommend that you insure your package and send it by a certified receipt that can be tracked if necessary. This will help protect you against possibility of loss or damage to your knife. Note that knife loss, including shipping to and from the Buck factory, is not covered under warranty.  
Send your packaged knife to:Buck Knives
Customer Service
660 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
800 326-2825 x184
SOG Knife Care and Maintenance
  General Knife Care and Maintenance:
Keep the blades dry and wipe fingerprints and moisture off, after use, with a soft all cotton cloth or chamois. This is particularly important with blades of high carbon steel. Tarnishing or oxidation is a normal property of carbon steel and cannot be avoided. This normal oxidation or tarnish actually helps protect the knife from rust and will have blue gray tones, rather than rust red tones. Applying a couple drops of any quality oil or silicon treatment to the blade with a soft all cotton cloth will provide excellent protection. A good wax is also excellent protection.
Check your knives often for possible trouble spots. If you see tarnish or oxidation develop with reddish tones, this is the start of rust and should be cleaned as quickly as possible. If any stains appear, try removing the stain or tarnish with a standard metal cleaner or polish. Blades of most stainless steels used in knives are not rustproof but are rust or stain resistance. So therefore stainless steel blades should still be kept clean and wiped dry after use.
When not in use, store knives and leather sheaths separately because leather does absorb moisture and can rust your blade. Tanning salts and acids present in the leather can rust or tarnish steel. Keep leather sheaths limber with leather preservative or mink oil.
Keep the locking device on folding models clean and free from debris. An occasional drop of light oil at each joint will assure smooth blade action in opening and closing. Each blade should click open smoothly and snap shut.
A sharp knife is safer to use. A sharp knife requires minimal effort to cut and therefore has less a chance of slipping. The secret of proper sharpening is to do it regularly. Use a sharpening steel, or other mechanism frequently. If you have difficulty maintaining an edge on knives, have them professionally sharpened.
Never sharpen blades on a power-driven grinding wheel, which can burn the temper from the blade. This is the type of high-speed grinder found in many home shops.
Remember that knives are cutting tools and blades are very sharp. Therefore, please exercise caution when handling your knife. And, never use your knife as chisel, pry bar, screwdriver or hammer. Do not pound on the back (spine) of the blade.
Always cut with the edge moving away from you. Knives can have sharp razor edges so handle all knives with care and respect. Do not use for throwing unless specifically produced for that purpose.
Caring for your knife collection:
Remember to take excellent care of your collection, as you are the curator during your lifetime for future generations to enjoy.
Moisture and fingerprints are the prime villains to avoid. Check your collection periodically and keep your knives in a dry location. A good rule to follow is to make sure the room that you store your knives in is comfortable for you to stay in, then it is more likely to be a good storage place for your knives. The storage room for your knife collection should be low in humidity and cool. Avoid areas with a high relative humidity or a great shift in temperatures.
If you live where it is humid use silica gel or other desiccants (a drying agent) to help keep your knives dry.