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How often do you grease the chassis?

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by gull wing, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. gull wing

    gull wing

    May 4, 2002
    chassis A throw back from the day when your wheels would literally fall off if you didn't grease the car regularly.

    I'm a bit OCD with my Small Micarta Insingo. Is it a big deal to lube often?.......or
    I find myself opening it up often.:eek:
  2. DBH


    Aug 3, 2001
    It depends. If I am in a nasty fire scene and gets filled up with charred goods I will clean it and add some grease

    On the other hand, my Sebs that rotate out of my EDC it might be a few months before there is enough gunk to require me to take it apart.

    Every time they are torn down they are greased.
  3. Marky Mark

    Marky Mark

    Nov 26, 2011
    About every 2 to 3 months.
  4. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    It kinda depends on how often we can both get away from work.

    Knives on the other hand often suffer from too much lube.
  5. gull wing

    gull wing

    May 4, 2002
    Thanks, I thought I might be a bit too concerned.
  6. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    Usually every couple of months, but I take them apart once a year and clean them off really well.
  7. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    It depends. I have went up to a year without lubing and everything was fine. Pocket lint is what gums them up more than anything. Its gets between the blade and the blade pivot stop pin. Keep that area clean and you will need less lubing. I only lube when needed, not a OCD Luber......lol

    I used to make it a habit when I got a new sebenza to break it down, scrub it all up and lube it up. I could not find my lube for awhile, so I bought a couple and did not perform the ritual, but alas, everything was fine anyways......lol.
  8. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Just whenever it starts to feel a little sticky.
  9. kidcongo


    Jan 12, 2013
    After some experimentation and investigation, I've come to the conclusion that it takes a really long time for any grit or lint to work its way into the pivot itself, due to the gap between the blade and washers being so tight. However, the detent ball glides across the exposed part of the blade and can get gritty, sticky, washed clean of lube, and result in a sticky or gritty feeling knife. I feel the key to a smooth sebenza has more to do with the detent ball and track being clean and lightly lubed, than the pivot itself. If my knife starts to feel sticky, I clean the detent track without taking the knife apart, using some folded over paper towel, and then apply a tiny bit of grease with a toothpick. Voila.....smooth knife again.

    This works for me, and might be worth a try yourself. Just saves a bunch of unnecessary dissasembly after you cut an orange etc, and your pivot seems suddenly crappy.
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  10. 1 ADAM12

    1 ADAM12

    Nov 22, 2013
    Every other oil change
  11. frontline29


    Oct 7, 2008
    once or twice a year is good for me if the knife isn't used at work.
  12. pvicenzi


    Dec 25, 2008
    It depends. The one I carry in my pocket daily needs a clean and lube about once a month. The Sebenza's I carry in the leather pouch and use lightly rarely need maintenance.
  13. Mad_Maxx


    Nov 29, 2007
    once a year maybe or when I take them apart
    mine are in a small calfskin pouch so nothing else than some leather dust (yep, and some pocket lint) comes in so they get gritty pretty slowly, I use them well

    I lube from the top, knife closed if it feels gritty, other wise not
  14. gull wing

    gull wing

    May 4, 2002
    Thanks everyone.
  15. JNewell


    Nov 18, 2005
    Ditto. The pouch really keeps lint and dirt out of the knife. :thumb up:
  16. 1 ADAM12

    1 ADAM12

    Nov 22, 2013
    I really need to get me a pouch for mine.
  17. SVTFreak

    SVTFreak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Yeah ive thought about switching to pouched pocket carry for my small.
  18. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I asked crk, they say it depends on use, should be done about once a year to protect against corrosion if it's not dirty.
  19. 1AbominAble1


    Jul 26, 2010
    I went. 2 years with my edc Tanto Umnum with zero problems. Every so often I'd use a napkin or my shirt to clean between the scales if it was ugly enough. It saw use for everything from food to breaking down boxes and was still smooth as silk, if it got a little gritty I'd just give it a good hard flick open and it'd be smooth again, I'm sure that it was from debris getting in the detent ball- the pivot was perfect.

    I clean my edc seb's when they need it, no set schedule, you can tell when it's time. I don't do it compulsively like some of my fellow CRK addicts, but I do understand why they do.
  20. iamsmiling


    Nov 14, 2006
    I think he hit it with the above comment. Tolerances are tight enough on these that the detent ball track and where the blade hits the stop are the only areas that need attention too often.

    With the caveat that your usage may vary from mine.

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