How to Clean & Reassemble Your Knife

Our knives are made to last for years, but like any tool, knives require occasional maintenance. Using the tools provided, we recommend tightening the screws from time to time and cleaning the inside after extensive use.  If you need replacement parts or tools, you can purchase most parts from

While we do provide tools for you to maintain your knife, we do not recommend modifying or re-assembling it outside of its original configuration. 

  1. If the action becomes sticky
    Most of the time, this issue can be solved taking the knife apart, giving it a good clean, and re-applying a small amount of fluorinated grease. If the action isn't as smooth as you'd like it to be right out of the box, give it some time to break in. Learn How to Break in New Knives.

  2. After extended use
    We recommend cleaning your knife after long periods of use or contact with substances, like oils and acidic substances.



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  • Clean the pivot area and re-lubricate
    Use a q-tip and/or a microfiber cloth to remove pocket lint and build up. Finish by re-applying a small amount of fluorinated grease.

  • Don't bend your washers
    Washers are hand-fit to each knife and depending on the model, it matters which side they go on. Knives like the Sebenza 21 and Mnandi have two different sized washers to accommodate the lock-bar. If you bend your washers, you'll have to send your knife in for servicing: we don't send washers out.

  • Purchase small parts through our web-store
    You can purchase parts like pins & screws, back spacers, and lanyards through the Knife Parts & Care section of our website.


Hi Jakob,

It could be that the clip and the pocket that it’s set in are on opposite ends of our tolerance scale. If the clip is on the bigger side (we’re talking +.0001") and the pocket is on the smaller ( -.0001"), the clip may just sit in there extra tight. Don’t be afraid to give it a tug to get it out once the screw is out. Once you get it out, you can stick it in a vise to bend it back with just a little pressure. If you need help with this, feel free to reach out to or give us a call at the shop and we’ll walk you through.

Chris Reeve Knives November 26, 2018

I have taken apart and reassembled my Sebenza 21 a few times before, but the most recent time I did so I attempted to take off the clip. I removed the clip screw and pulled quite hard on the clip itself but it wouldn’t budge. Am I doing something wrong? The clip got sprung a little bit, but not significantly, so I’d like to be able to take it off to fix it.

Jakob Esterkyn November 26, 2018

Hi Dan,

For such a little part, it seems like it would be an easy thing to install at home! However, our thumb lugs are fit to an extremely close tolerance, which means the chance of cracking a blade is very high without the proper tools.

For that reason, you’ll have to send your knife in for the installation. The cost of the part is $25, plus $17.50 for insured US Domestic return shipping. The labor is on us.

To send your knife in, follow the steps on the page below:

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Chris Reeve Knives August 06, 2018

I would like to change single thumb stud to dual . Do I have to send In or order a dual set . Love my Sebenza 21, one of my all time favorites. Thank you very much .

Dan Stephenson August 06, 2018

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