Off-Grid Knives Product Care and Maintenance
Cleaning and Oiling
Always keep your knife clean. Wipe away debris and, if needed, wash with a mild detergent. If your knife has a high-carbon content, the blade may corrode if not properly cared for. To protect your knife, simply wipe a light coating of oil on the blade, pivot points, and lock before storing.
Removing light rust
If your knife does develop rust spots, you can remove them by using a light abrasive, such as Flitz metal polish or Bon Ami cleanser made into a paste with a little water. Use an absorbent soft cloth to apply the cleanser. If the rust is more than just surface, try Loctite naval jelly or WD-40.
About blade coatings
The Titanium Nitride Coating on the blades of many Off-Grid Knives adds corrosion resistance, increased durability, and makes the blades non-reflective. Although Off-Grid Knives' coatings are designed to stand up to continual knife use, in time, all coatings will show some wear. Scratches and other signs of wear should be expected and considered normal.
After applying a light coating of oil to blade and pivot, store folding knives closed and fixed blades in their sheaths or blade guards.
A good sharpening tool is the Kershaw Ultra-Tek Blade Sharpener ... Hold the blade against the Ultra-Tek at the original sharpened angle of 18° to 22°. Beginning at the base of the blade and tip of the sharpener, pull the blade down and toward you across the top of the sharpener in a slight arc as shown in the video below. Do the same thing across the bottom of the sharpener as shown. This sharpens the top of your blade. Repeat this “over and under” motion approximately three to five times to fully sharpen your knife.
It is important to maintain the correct blade angle of 18° to 22° while sharpening the blade.
Adjusting the Screws on Your Folder
Most Off-Grid Knives products require a Torx bit #6, Torx bit #8, or Torx bit #10 to fit into the head of the screws. The Torx #6 fits the pocketclip screws and the Torx #10 fits the handle screws on most current model Off-Grid Knives. The Torx #8 fits most pivot screws though some models require a 3/8-inch hex socket.
Please be sure to use a Torx bit and not an Allen bit, this is a common error. The slight difference in shape will strip the heads of the screws. We recommend this kit from Amazon, TEKTON 2830 Everybit (TM) Precision Bit and Driver Kit Torx tools are also sold at brick-and-mortar hardware retailers.
If screws on your knife are coming loose frequently or you think the holes may be stripped, try using some Blue Loctite 242 and let the Loctite set up for 24 hours before using your knife. Please feel free to contact Off-Grid Knives if you have any questions.
**Please note that if you fully disassemble or if you modify your knife, you will void the Off-Grid Knives Lifetime Warranty.