Knife Maintenance

 

KNIFE CARE

BUCK KNIVES ARE DESIGNED FOR CUTTING

Please don't throw, pound, pry or chop with a Buck knife. It's not safe and if you damage the knife using it that way, it may void the warranty. Strong impact or twisting can also damage your knife or worse, cause an injury. If you have a lockback blade, always check that the locking mechanism is in working order before you use it.

A SHARP KNIFE IS SAFER THAN A DULL ONE

  • Buck knives are built to last. Take good care of your Buck and it will serve you well.
  • Keep your knife dry; that means the entire knife, not just the blade.
  • Keep your knife clean, particularly moving parts and locking device.
  • Keep your knife oiled; especially pivot points and the blade.
  • Keep your knife sharp; a sharp blade is safer than a dull one.
  • Don’t try to repair a damaged knife yourself. Send it to us and we’ll do our best to make it good as new.
 

KNIFE CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Store your knife in a dry place, out of the sheath. Lightly wipe the blade with clean oil two to three times a year to keep rust from starting. You may need to oil more often if you live near water.

At Buck, we use stainless steel for the blade. We use other components that minimize the weathering effects of liquids and oxidation, because we want your knife to last. Cleaning and caring for your knife will maintain performance and enhance the life your knife.

CLEAN THE ENTIRE KNIFE REGULARLY

That includes the blade, pivot points and locking mechanism. It's best not to immerse the knife in liquid. But if you do, be sure to dry your knife thoroughly. Spray cleaners are a good alternative. Clean and oil your knife regularly to avoid sticky residues, light surface oxidation and the beginnings of rust.

DISCOLORATION IS A SIGN OF OXIDATION

If you find the metal has a blue, grey or black color, it is a sign of oxidation and a precursor of rust.

Stainless steel, which is what Buck uses, does not discolor easily. If you do notice a change in the color of the metal, clean it immediately. It’s a sign of rust waiting to happen.

Discoloration is common to non-stainless steel. But regular cleaning will keep the metal from rusting.

NIP RUST IN THE BUTT

Rust is reddish-brown in color and will eat pits into your blade and contaminate what you cut. Light rust can be cleaned and removed with oil. Heavier rust requires more abrasive action.

We recommend Metal Brite, an excellent polish for removing rust. You can also use some solvents or a plastic cleaning pad. 

KNIFE CLEANING

As a rule of thumb, clean your knife after each use. Always clean and dry the entire knife. True, our blades are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, but oxidization will happen over time.

Folding knives should be kept clean of dirt, especially the locking device on lockback knives.

BUCK CLEANING PRODUCTS

Clean, polish and lubricate your knife often. It will last longer, perform better and be all-around safer to use.

Clean Streak is completely residue-free. It’s an excellent metal cleaner that’s easy to use.Simply spray and wipe. No rinsing or immersion in liquid required.

Metal Brite is a polish. It removes surface oxidation, rust, tarnish and sticky residues while leaving a protective coating.

You can also use chemical solvents like Acetone, nail polish remover, MEK, alcohol and paint thinner to clean the blade. Keep in mind that these solvents can damage some Buck handles.

Don't use harsh detergents that contain chlorine like washing machine powders. They can speed up corrosion of the metal.

LUBRICATING

Every now and then we suggest applying a small amount of lubricant to the working parts of your knife, including a thin film over the surface of the blade. And always lubricate after cleaning.

We recommend using Wax Lubricant. It will lubricate, seal and protect your knife from surface oxidation and corrosion from moisture.

KNIFE REPAIR

Please don’t try and repair your Buck knife yourself. You could injure yourself, damage the knife and void your warranty. Send it to us instead. If the repairs to your knife fall under the warranty, there won’t be a charge. If there are charges, we will let you know before we proceed. Payment is required upfront before we do any repair work.

HOW TO SEND YOUR KNIFE IN FOR REPAIR:

  • Tell us who you are and what is wrong with your knife.

    Let us know what you think is wrong with your knife. Include your name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Wrap your knife securely.

    Please put each knife in a sheath or wrap in cardboard to protect it during shipping. Pack it so the point will not cut through the packaging. You will get your sheath or cardboard back upon return.
  • Packing up your knife.

    We prefer that you pack your knife in a box. A padded envelope may also work if the knife isn’t too heavy or bulky. Be sure to put packing around the knife so it sits securely in the package.
  • Shipping methods.

    We recommend that you insure your package and send it by a certified receipt that can be tracked if necessary. This will help protect you against possibility of loss or damage to your knife. Note that knife loss, including shipping to and from the Buck factory, is not covered under warranty.
 

Send your packaged knife to:

Buck Knives
Warranty Department
660 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854
800 326-2825 x184