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Knife Care / Fixed Blades:

Q: WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO CARE FOR MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

A: Take care of your fixed blade knife, and it will take care of you. We recommend keeping your Southern Grind fixed blade knife sharp, clean, dry and oiled to defend against wear, corrosion and possible injuries.

Q: HOW DO I CLEAN MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

A: We recommend cleaning your Southern Grind fixed blade knife after each use. First, using a solution of mild soap and water, remove any dirt or debris. Do not soak your knife or use any harsh detergents during the cleaning process. Next, dry the knife thoroughly and completely. Finally, using a chamois, rub a small amount of moisture-displacing oil like WD-40 on the blade, this will help prevent oxidation and water spots.

Q: SHOULD I OIL MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

A: Give your Southern Grind fixed blade knife a light coat of oil after each cleaning and before long-term storage. Using a chamois, rub a small amount of moisture-displacing oil like WD-40 on the blade, this will help prevent oxidation and water spots. Remember, even hardened stainless steel will rust without the right upkeep.

Q: HOW DO I SHARPEN MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

A: For at-home sharpening, we recommend a fixed-angle sharpening kit to create a consistent grind on the entire the length of the knife. First-timers: We recommend practicing your techniques before sharpening your fixed blade, as any knife damage caused by home sharpening is not covered under the Southern Grind warranty. Read more about our limited lifetime warranty here. Southern Grind does offer sharpening services for a minimal charge. Refer to the insert that came with your knife, or contact info@southerngrind.com for more information about our sharpening services.

Q: WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED & NON-RECOMMENDED USES FOR MY FIXED BLADE?

A: You can find a good use for our fixed blade knives in a great number of circumstances, especially when camping, hunting, hiking, etc. Some of the more practical uses include: cleaning brush, fishing, splitting firewood, chopping food..shaving your face (though we don't really recommend that). Finally, it's never really a good idea to use your knife to pry something open, doing so could compromise the integrity of the blade.

Q: HOW SHOULD I STORE MY FIXED BLADE KNIFE?

A: When not in use, oil your blade and store it in a cardboard sheath in a temperate environment with low humidity. Storing your knife with a desiccant can also help remove moisture from the air. For long-term storage, we recommend re-oiling your blade two to three times per year to further prevent oxidation.

Q: WHAT IF MY FIXED BLADE BREAKS?

A: In the event that your Southern Grind fixed blade knife breaks, please send it immediately to our Warranty Department. After your knife arrives, it will be inspected and tested by our team. If there are no signs of abuse, your blade is covered under warranty and will be replaced at no charge. Review our limited lifetime warranty for more information.

Knife Care / Folding Blades:

Q: WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO CARE FOR MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

A: Take care of your folding blade knife, and it will take care of you. We recommend keeping your Southern Grind folding blade knife sharp, clean, dry and oiled to defend against wear, corrosion and possible injuries.

Q: HOW DO I CLEAN MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

A: We recommend cleaning your Southern Grind folding blade knife after each use. First, using a solution of mild soap and water, remove any dirt or debris. Do not soak your knife or use any harsh detergents during the cleaning process. Next, dry the knife thoroughly and completely. Finally, using a chamois, rub a small amount of moisture-displacing oil like WD-40 on the blade, this will help prevent oxidation and water spots.

Q: SHOULD I OIL MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

A: Give your Southern Grind folding blade knife a light coat of oil after each cleaning and before long-term storage. Using a chamois, rub a small amount of moisture-displacing oil like WD-40 on the blade, this will help prevent oxidation and water spots. Remember, even hardened stainless steel will rust without the right upkeep.

Q: HOW DO I SHARPEN MY FOLDING BLADE KNIFE?

A: For at-home sharpening, we recommend a fixed-angle sharpening kit to create a consistent grind on the entire the length of the knife. First-timers: We recommend practicing your techniques before sharpening your fixed blade, as any knife damage caused by home sharpening is not covered under the Southern Grind warranty. Read more about our limited lifetime warranty here. Southern Grind does offer sharpening services for a minimal charge. Refer to the insert that came with your knife, or contact info@southernground.net for more information about our sharpening services.

Q: WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED & NON-RECOMMENDED USES FOR MY FOLDING BLADE?

A: From front lines to tree lines to grocery lines, you'll find a host of uses for Southern Grind folding blade knives. As portable utility tools, the list of primary uses for our knives is seemingly endless, however, we do not recommend any activities in which you pound, throw or chop with your Southern Grind folding knife to avoid compromising the handle or locking system. Additionally, it's never really a good idea to use your knife to pry something open, or in lieu of a screwdriver - doing so could compromise the integrity of the blade.

Q: WHAT IF MY FOLDING BLADE BREAKS?

A: In the event that your Southern Grind fixed blade knife breaks, please send it immediately to our Warranty Department. After your knife arrives, it will be inspected and tested by our team. If there are no signs of abuse, your blade is covered under warranty and will be replaced at no charge. Review our limited lifetime warranty for more information.

Q: HOW DO I GET A NEW POCKET CLIP?

A: Southern Grind offers replacement pocket clips for just $12.00. Go here to purchase yours.

Q: HOW DO I REMOVE THE BAD MONKEY POCKET CLIP?

A: The Bad Monkey pocket clip can be detached by loosening and removing the three T-6 torx screws. Be sure to note that the center screw is longer than the others. The clip is reattached using the three T-6 torx screws in their original screw hole locations using Loctite no. 222 or equivalent threadlocker.

Q: HOW DO I ADJUST THE BAD MONKEY PIVOT?

A: The Bad Monkey pivot is loosened or tightened by using the custom pivot tool included in the Bad Monkey Tool Kit. The only side of the pivot that may be adjusted is the blank side of the pivot (not the side with the etched Bad Monkey logo).

Guaranteed

Learn about Southern Grind’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and service information.

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Please review relevant knife laws, regulations and rights to ensure you’re always carrying your Southern Grind knives responsibly and with care.

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State Laws
Each state has its own unique set of knife laws, meaning the style, blade length and storage of your carry can differ from state to state. We encourage you to consult and stay well informed of your home state's laws and rights, as well as the laws of any state to which you plan to travel with your knife in tow.

TSA Regulations
As of April 5, 2013, certain pocketknives are now allowed on aircraft in carry-on luggage. However, if you plan to travel with your Southern Grind knife, pack it securely in your checked luggage only. Please note that TSA regulations change frequently, therefore if you are planning air travel with your Southern Grind knife, please visit the TSA site to confirm the latest regulations.