If you are a knife or sword collector, there is a good chance that you might have one or more butterfly knives in your collection. Due to the moving parts in this type of knife, you might be at a loss as to how to keep it well-maintained. The last thing that you want is to have it stop working. Here are some tips.
1. Use Blade Cleaner Regularly
The first thing that you want to do is get into a regular cleaning schedule. This schedule is going to depend on how often you are using your butterfly knife. If you are constantly using it to actually cut things, then you want to be sure that you are cleaning it more often than if you are simply leaving it behind glass. When you do clean your butterfly knife, you need to be sure that you are using blade cleaner. Blade cleaner is a special cleaning solution designed to clean pieces of metal but not leave any watermarks or cause the blades to rust. It can be purchased at a hobby or a craft store.
When you are using the blade cleaner, apply it to a soft, microfiber rag and use that to clean the blade. Don't use a paper towel or anything else that could potentially result in the blade being scratched.
2. Lube it Up
Get in the habit of using lube on all of the hinges and other moving parts of your butterfly knife each time you clean it. Part of the reason why a butterfly knife is cool is because the blade is able to flip out from the handle. You can protect this functionality by using a special, non-sticky lube on the hinges and screws. This will allow you to keep the entire knife moving smoothly. You should be able to purchase lube specifically for your knives at a craft store or a store that specializes in selling knives and swords, like Discount Knives and Swords.
3. Tighten Screws
Finally, make sure that whenever you are cleaning your butterfly knife that you check the screws that hold the blade in place. Make sure that they are tight. With some butterfly knives, there is the potential for the blade to come loose from the handle when you flip it out if you don't regularly tighten the screws.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in butterfly knives.