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Old 06-10-09, 02:55 PM
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Folding knife question

Okay so I have the Gerber Vallotton that I use for work every day. That consists of it periodically being immersed in water....well, every day it's in water.

I can't oil it with anything because I work with food - besides, if I do oil it with something safe, it will eventually get washed out from the warm water.

ANYWAY

The safety is sticking and sometimes I can't open the knife because of it. And when I do, it feels not so smooth anymore.

Suggestions?
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Old 06-10-09, 03:01 PM
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Not sure if there is some sort of silicone that is food-safe......

Bear grease? Food-grade lard?
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veg oil??
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Clean it out with some gasoline, then relube it with some synthetic motorcycle chain lube.

...What?

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I tried using the veg oil but short of having to oil it between uses (it gets immersed several times a day) it gets washed out by the warm water.

My concern is that I am having to fight the safety not only to open it but to close it as well. Nothing like trying to close a sharp knife by force wearing slippery wet gloves.
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From a bacteriological standpoint, how about not using a folder for food service applications? Too many little places for things to get wedged into and colonize, even if it is getting washed repeatedly.
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^^+1

Time to start collecting fine English and Germany cooking steel?
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Good point....I guess I can use a fixed blade.

But I steam clean it at the end of the day and the beginning of my shift. Maybe THAT's what ruined it, huh?
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But I steam clean it at the end of the day and the beginning of my shift. Maybe THAT's what ruined it, huh?
Pfft, oxidation is an excellent lubricant.
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FYI: The knife is used to trim off waste, and cut excess crap like stems and such (tips from coconut shells, woody leftovers, leaves etc), not used in a kitchen application at all.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Good point....I guess I can use a fixed blade.

But I steam clean it at the end of the day and the beginning of my shift. Maybe THAT's what ruined it, huh?
Could be. Unless the entire thing is constructed with stainless/rustproof components, steam cleaning it would eventually cause corrosive damage since it permeates everything and you can't get it all dry.
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Pfft, oxidation is an excellent lubricant.
Hasn't oxidized yet that I see, for I dry it completely after steaming.
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It needs more blood. Try stabbing more often...
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Awww, c'mon, Siu - just get a Bowie knife and you won't have the problem anymore!

Like Croc Dundee said: "That's not a knife, THIS is a knife!"
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Try putting it in boiling water to clean out any junk that's in it, then try some type of food grade oil to keep it lubed. If I remember correctly, WD40 is actually safe as it's made out of natural ingredients (you'd have to check on that).
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Hasn't oxidized yet that I see, for I dry it completely after steaming.
Do you bake it in an oven so the little nooks and crannies can dry too?
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Ummmm No.............baking it would make me have no handle after the fact. I use compressed air. Not good enough?
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Ummmm No.............baking it would make me have no handle after the fact. I use compressed air. Not good enough?
Mineral oil for the folder and get a fixed blade for work, ideally, one that can be disassembled for cleaning.
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I would just remove the scales, and see whats inside.. clean out all the gunk, use rubing alcohol and a q-tip, then re-assemble... who knows whats gunked up in there.
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I'm scared to remove them because of the spring assist.
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Food Grade Silicone Lubricant Spray

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/food.../359B321C.html
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
I'm scared to remove them because of the spring assist.
Drop it in a sonic jewelry cleaner, that should shake the crud loose.
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I get a food grade silicone spray at Ace Hardware - I think it is by Witco Chemical....
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