Ah, I know exactly what you are talking about. 3-In-One bonds to dirt for cleaning purposes, and makes a thick sludge, a thick black sludge. I have experienced this with EVERY folder I have, but only once due to the fact that most knives are surprisingly dirty from the factory. If it's the factory oil, then the stuff must be crap, but it's no matter... Try simply cycling it out a few hundred times. That should take care of most of it, if this doesn't work then get some Q-Tips and use a blade to taper the sticks accordingly to the area size you have to work with. Apply mineral spirits to the Q-Tips, that stuff will destroy the sludge you have all built up in there. But, if you are worried about the mineral spirits somehow damaging your handle material, then use Brasso, that will also get rid of any dirt or sludge in your knife. AFTER everything is clean and dry, free of ALL dirt, apply some 3-In-Oil and you will see it really does rock.
Robert Joseph Ansbro
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