Owning an original Swiss Army knife – or a collection of them – is one of the proudest thing for a knife enthusiast or an outdoorsman. No matter what your hobby is, there’s just a satisfying feeling when you whip out your pocket knife out of your pocket and you begin slicing and peeling and removing screws and wine corks and whatnot. It makes you proud of yourself – being equipped for anything, and being able to impresses your peers with your readiness.
The perks of having a Swiss Army knife are many, but you must know how to maintain your knife to keep it in top shape. Here are some of the accessories you can consider having and maintenance essentials to have to keep your Swiss Army knife looking good as new for a long time:
All your Swiss army knife tools need a good cleaning. If you have compressed air, it’s a great thing to have on hand. But if you don’t, all you need are these things:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Cotton swabs
Isopropyl alcohol is a cheap and effective cleaner for steel parts and it’s safe to use on skin. Apply it to the rags than rub the flat parts with it. For those hard-to-reach parts, you can use cotton swabs. For the rags, you can use any cloth that you don’t care much about, because you can also use it when lubricating the knife. Old socks, T-shirts and other old pieces of garment are great to use. The eraser can be used if there’s any discoloration or unwanted patina in your blades. A dab of mineral oil rubbed to the blade with a regular pencil eraser seems to remove even the most stubborn spotting and staining.
Since you can’t clean up all the random junk in your knife, you can run it under hot tap water. But it’s best if you can let the knife soak in a cleaning solvent like isopropyl alcohol for at least half hour until the hard-to-reach gunk are removed. Don’t soak it for more than 12 hours, as it can rust the knife faster. Use lubricating oils after cleaning to prevent rust and keep the tools it shiny.
Before soaking, remove all the removable parts. If your Swiss army knife have a USB stick or pen – these are the most important things to remove. You don’t want to soak up these items.
Oil is absolutely necessary for keeping a Swiss Army knife in its optimal condition. If you plan to clean your knife, also oil it after. Without oil, knife will be hard to open and may rust quickly. These are some of the best lubricants to use for your Swiss army knives:
Victorinox recommends their own multi-tool oil for lubricating their Swiss army knives. This has been specially formulated to lubricate and protect from corrosion, and ensure that your Swiss army knife will always operate as smoothly as the first time you use it. This oil has a neutral taste and smell, food-safe, highly resistant to ageing, and has good wear and corrosion protection qualities.
The BlueLube cleaner doesn’t only lubricate, it also prevents rust and corrosion. It contains the safest industrial grade solvents and inert additives. It isn’t sticky, it doesn’t freeze or flash off. This lubricant works to enhance overall knife function and keep things moving.
KPL Knife Pivot Lube is designed especially for the pivot and locking mechanisms for pocket folding knives. It has great wicking properties. This formula keeps dirt, grit and contaminants in suspension to prevent friction and wear.
Preserve your blades from rusting due to oxidation with this chef’s knife oil. It’s contains certified food-grade ingredients, so this knife is safe for contact with food. It’s a good choice if you use your Swiss army knife for peeling fruit that you eat outdoors. You ca also use it with sharpening tools for safe and effective protection.
After cleaning your knife, you might want to sharpen it. If it’s not a requirement, but if your blades are getting dull, you may need to do this.
A whetstone is enough for quick and easy sharpening of the blades on your Swiss army knife. This one has a 400-grit side for returning edges to their original shapes, and a 1000-grit side for smoothing and polishing cutting edges.
A knife sharpening system can help a lot if you own a collection of pocket knives and other type of knives. The Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker includes two fine and two medium grit, triangle-shaped ceramic stones that slide in angled keyholes. These sharpening stones work extremely well for sharpening Swiss army knife blades.
If you are looking to take knife sharpening to the next level, go for Edge Pro. This knife guide system can sharpen any size or any type of sharp blade, including serrated knives. It comes with adjustable sharpening angles, 5 stones, cloth, water bottle plus a convenient carrying case.
Here are other accessories from Victorinox you can use for your Swiss army knife, like replacement parts and carrying pouch to keep it from getting scratched.
If you own a collection of Victorinox Swiss army knives, this kit has many replacement parts for those tools that usually wear out or go missing. This kit includes 40 small toothpicks, 40 large toothpicks, 6 small black ink pens, 2 large blue ink pens, 2 Swiss Card blue ink pens, 10 small tweezers, 10 large tweezers, 5 voyager tweezers, 10 mini screwdrivers, 10 large split ring, 10 small split rings, 3 small scissor springs and 3 large scissor springs. It’s all packed on a handy plastic case organizer.
Sometimes, a Swiss army knife is a relatively expensive investment, so if you want to protect it more than just putting it in your pocket, get a leather clip pouch like this one. This is an elegant and simple black leather pouch you can clip right into you belt to make your Swiss army knife easy to find and easy to reach. It’s made of durable leather and comes with a snap closure. It can fit lots of different medium-sized Victorinox Swiss army knife models
Here’s another Victorinox belt pouch that’s more suitable for your rugged adventures. This pouch proudly displays the Victorinox Swiss army logo emblem, and can fit Swiss army knives up to 3 ½” in length. It has a hook and loop closure and fits 2” wide belts.