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Help, A bunch of my knives got wet!

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by scotchleaf, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. GWashington1732

    GWashington1732 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Is this a joke?
    HEMI 49, Wogger and jlauffer like this.
  2. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    I assume so.
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  3. colubrid


    Nov 26, 2005

    I agree with this. I have tested knives in real situations exposed to water, wet, damp and salt water for lomg periods. Most modern knife steels just need a rinse of fresh water and a wipe. Yes- even after being in your boardshorts while hanging at the beach all day and having them in salt water soaked shorts for 14 hours +.

    The problem is this with people that own many knives. They don't use them and carry them daily..

    The knives that rust are usualy the ones that sit in drawers and never get used of handled (basically neglected knives by collectors). But ones that you use daily and even take them in salt water. All you need are rinse with fresh water and go into the pocket the next day don't rust. If you are really overly concerned about rust then just leave them in the sun for an hour to dry....and then use them!!!
    GIRLYmann likes this.
  4. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Having had several folders accidently go thru the washer and dryer after being left in my pants, I wouldn't worry about it.
    Night Rider likes this.
  5. Sosa


    Feb 6, 2014
    You’re opinel collection is doneski
  6. Rasmus80


    Sep 21, 2011
    But why disassemble?
    I can't count the number of times my folder has been soaked or dropped in water, and I would never even think of taking it apart on that account.
    If a folder needs to be taken apart, due to getting wet, I would say you got a bad deal on that folder.
  7. microbe


    Apr 6, 2016
    I only buy folders with an IPX7 or IPX8 rating. They are tested to withstand dust and can be immersed in water over 1m deep for more then 30 minutes. Ask your knife dealer about the IPX before you buy. It will save you from worries later on.
    MarkN86 and willc like this.
  8. Rasmus80


    Sep 21, 2011
    My main folder is a Buck 112 from 1990.
    I don't think it has any such rating, and it has kept going strong for close to 30 years now, with out a drop of oil.

    So I suspect such a rating is a ploy from the manufacturer, to get you to buy a more costly knife.
  9. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    You wouldn't necessarily have to take it apart ... but as I said if it were any of my more expensive knives I would ...

    the reason being to make sure they were cleaned out well and lubricated correctly again.

    If they are stainless and not expensive and depending on what you use them for ... then WD40 and compressed air may be all you want to do ...

    personally I disassemble most all of my folders (and sometimes remove the scales on certain fixed blades to clean and wipe with a protectant) ... if I've carried them in harsh condition and gotten them wet or dirty ... just keeps them clean, sanitary, and lubed.
  10. Wogger


    Dec 27, 2017
    This has to be a joke. The guys knives got wet, and this is actually a problem?
    I mean seriously, who cares if your knives got wet. Dry them, oil them, put them in the sun, put them in the dark, stare at them until you fall asleep, spray them with more water, maybe piss on them, do whatever you want. It's just a knife, who cares. This question is crazy...
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  11. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Wipe them down with a dry cloth, then hit 'em with a hair dryer and they'll be dry in a snap. I can understand the concern with an OTF or other spring-action knives just because a lot of springs are in recessed compartments that can trap moisture, but for regular folders...nah it's not a problem.
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  12. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    I'm with you ^. My wife just handed me my Kershaw Natrix she took out of the dryer for the third time :eek: and it smells just as good as it ever did, maybe better :D. No worries just dry them and forget about WD cuz that stuff sucks donkey balls. A light coat of mineral oil will suffice.
    skyhorse likes this.
  13. colubrid


    Nov 26, 2005

    Gosh I would like to make this whole post my signature.

    ........"stare at them until you fall asleep" "It's just a knife, who cares"

    Wogger likes this.
  14. dantzk8


    Nov 1, 2005
    Not a joke! Water is a dihydrogen monoxide, corrosive for steel and not good for human health.
    I actually only drink water treated by the add of barley malt, hops and yeast and by a complex process called fermentation.
    I've been said that the drink obtained has for name "beer" or "bier" or "bière" or "cerveza", not sure of the spelling.
    I can testify that not only the taste of the beverage is good but as well that i feel better after drinking the first sip.
    My advice: if your knife has been accidentally soaked in water then soak it immediately in a glass of beer.

    Hope it helps.

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  15. User27


    Apr 23, 2017
    I wish you and your liver the best of luck. :D
  16. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    If the knives have carbon steel parts, this can be a big deal.
    Remember newbies-all knives are not stainless.The OTF auto should be the most troubling-as the spring(s) are very thin carbon steel. Rust can eat through them very quickly.
    So- here is the real dope on what to do if your knives get wet: Take them outside, blot/wipe/sling as much water off as you can, open them, and soak them down with WD 40. Wipe/sling as much of the WD 40 off as you can.
    That's all. The WD 40 will displace water in all the hidden areas.
    You don't even have to oil them afterward-as WD 40 contains mineral oil.
    You might want to sit them on a few paper towels to soak up excess WD 40.
    You don't have to disassemble them.
    BTW- stainless steel that is used in knives WILL rust- so pay no attention to those that tell you salt water won't hurt them, no need to dry, etc.- because if moisture is trammed against the stainless, it WILL RUST.
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