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Cleaning Maintenance


General Knife Care

Mission Knives produces high performance, hard use cutting tools made from top quality materials. By providing simple care and maintenance, your Mission knife will continue to perform at its best.

It is important to always keep your knife blade sharp! As the adage of knife owners and users worldwide states: It’s a dull knife that will cut you. A dull knife blade requires additional force to use and is potentially more dangerous when in use than a sharp blade due to slippage. While there is a variety of sharpening products and materials available on the market today, Mission Knives highly recommends diamond products when sharpening our products. ALWAYS use a manual, handheld cutlery sharpening system such as a flat stone or a round sharpener such as the Mission NMS for knives with serrations. NEVER attempt to sharpen your knife on a power grinding wheel, as this can “burn-up” and severely weaken the blade and may render your blade unusable.

 

General Care & Maintenance - Titanium

Mission Knives produces high performance, hard use cutting tools made from top quality materials. By providing simple care and maintenance, your Mission knife will continue to perform at its best.

It is important to always keep your knife blade sharp! As the adage of knife owners and users worldwide states: It’s a dull knife that will cut you. A dull knife blade requires additional force to use and is potentially more dangerous when in use than a sharp blade due to slippage. While there is a variety of sharpening products and materials available on the market today, Mission Knives highly recommends diamond products when sharpening our products. ALWAYS use a manual, handheld cutlery sharpening system such as a flat stone or a round sharpener such as the Mission NMS for knives with serrations. NEVER attempt to sharpen your knife on a power grinding wheel, as this can "burn-up" and severely weaken the blade and may render your blade unusable.


MAINTENANCE FOR FIXED BLADES:

  • Under normal usage, the titanium blade may be wiped down with any cleaning solution such as dish washing liquid, Simple Green or car soap. In extreme situations, such as excessive organic material covering the blade, scrub the blade using a mild solution of Hydrochloric (pool cleaning) acid. Wear chemical resistant gloves. Do not let acid come in contact with skin. Do not let any of the acid get on the handle or sheath. To neutralize the acid, use hot water with baking soda followed by a strong dish washing liquid and a clean water rinse.
  • Shake the knife lightly to remove excess moisture, maintaining a secure grip.
  • The Hytrel sheath and handle can be scrubbed or wiped down with the same soapy cleaning solution as above.
  • No oil is needed on the blade to prevent rusting. Your knife is corrosion-proof, it will not rust.
  • Remove any debris that might plug up the sheath.
  • Nylon strap and retaining ring may be removed for different operations.

 

MAINTENANCE FOR FOLDERS:

  • Always keep the pivoting and locking areas of your knife clean, as accumulation of dirt, dust and/or debris can severely affect the locking mechanism creating a potentially unsafe knife.
  • Under normal usage, the titanium blade may be wiped down with any cleaning solution such as dish washing liquid, Simple Green or car soap. In extreme situations, such as excessive organic material covering the blade, scrub the blade using a mild solution of Hydrochloric (pool cleaning) acid. Wear chemical resistant gloves. Do not let acid come in contact with skin. Do not let acid come into contact with any non-titanium parts. To neutralize the acid, use hot water with baking soda followed by a strong dish washing liquid and a clean water rinse.
  • Due to the open architecture of the folder’s handle, the entire knife can be easily cleaned by placing in a sink of soap and water or by simply using a hose to force dirt and debris out.
  • For smooth operation of the folding blade, you can use a small drop of oil from time to time where the blade comes in contact with the washers. Never put oil on the back part of the blade where the liner locks the blade open. Serious injury can occur due to the possibility of the blade unexpectedly closing.
  • No oil is needed on the blade to prevent rusting. Your knife is corrosion-proof, it will not rust.

 

General Care & Maintenance - A2 Steel, 440C & S30V

Mission Knives produces high performance, hard use cutting tools made from top quality materials. By providing simple care and maintenance, your Mission knife will continue to perform at its best.

It is important to always keep your knife blade sharp! As the adage of knife owners and users worldwide states: It’s a dull knife that will cut you. A dull knife blade requires additional force to use and is potentially more dangerous when in use than a sharp blade due to slippage. While there is a variety of sharpening products and materials available on the market today, Mission Knives highly recommends diamond products when sharpening our products. ALWAYS use a manual, handheld cutlery sharpening system such as a flat stone or a round sharpener such as the Mission NMS for knives with serrations. NEVER attempt to sharpen your knife on a power grinding wheel, as this can “burn-up” and severely weaken the blade and may render your blade unusable.


MAINTENANCE FOR FIXED BLADES:

  • Preventative care is required occasionally, but especially after using in a marine or other damp environment.
  • If rust starts to appear on the blade, use a fine-grade polishing compound to remove it. NEVER use sandpaper.
  • Under normal usage, your steel-bladed Mission Knife should be wiped down after each use with a light coating of baby oil or WD-40™.
  • The Hytrel and G10 handles, as well as Hytrel, Kydex and Nylon sheaths be scrubbed or wiped down with the dish washing liquid, Simple Green or car soap.
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  • Remove any debris that might plug up the sheath.
  • Nylon strap and retaining ring may be removed for different operations.



MAINTENANCE FOR FOLDERS:

  • Preventative care is required occasionally, but especially after using in a marine or other damp environment.
  • If rust starts to appear on the blade, use a fine-grade polishing compound to remove it. NEVER use sandpaper.
  • Always keep the pivoting and locking areas of your knife clean, as accumulation of dirt, dust and/or debris can severely affect the locking mechanism creating a potentially unsafe knife.
  • Under normal usage, your steel-bladed Mission Knife should be wiped down after each use with a light coating of baby oil or WD-40™.
  • Due to the open architecture of the folder’s handle, the entire knife can be easily cleaned by blowing dirt and debris out with compressed air.
  • For smooth operation of the folding blade, you can use a small drop of oil from time to time where the blade comes in contact with the washers. Never put oil on the back part of the blade where the liner locks the blade open. Serious injury can occur due to the possibility of the blade unexpectedly closing.