If you’re carrying a stainless steel multi-tool or pocket knife, it goes to show that you’re prepared to solve future problems whenever they arise. The biggest part of being prepared is to have the forethought to recognize future problems before you encounter them and make the necessary changes to solve those problems. When it comes to tools you should count on, it’s imperative that you keep them properly maintained and ready to use when you need them. That means keeping your multi-tool in the best shape possible, and that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss in this article today. Most modern stainless steel multi tools don’t rust because stainless steel is rust and corrosion-resistant. Stainless steel is made by adding Chromium to the steel, which enhances its corrosion resistance, but it also makes the steel softer, which is why stainless steel multi-tools are less durable.
If you take pride in your tools and are diligent about daily and weekly cleanings, you wouldn’t need to worry about maintenance, but most people aren’t like that. There are several factors that come into play that affect how you must perform general maintenance, which include how often do you carry your multi-tools, when do you carry these tools, how you are carrying them, what environment are you using them in. If you’re carrying your stainless steel multi-tools in your pocket, then you should use a pocket clip to prevent lint buildup as it keeps the most vulnerable part off the bottom of your pocket where the lint collects.
When performing light cleaning, you should start by blowing off any loose dust and lint, and there are three ways you can do this, the first one being to blow forcefully with your mouth. This method works extremely well, but it isn’t ideal, and the second option is to use an aerosol keyboard duster or something similar. The last method involves using compressed air from an air compressor for the best results. To ensure that the multi-tool is clean from the inside as well as the outside, you should open up all the tools and blades to blow out the channels where the tools are stored. Now sometimes that’s all you need to do. Still, if you tend to carry your stainless steel multi-tool a lot and don’t clean it often, you should think about giving a full wash to remove stubborn dirt off.