How to Disassemble a Pocket Knife

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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Flat-head screwdriver

Taking apart a knife isn't that hard...

Like any other piece of outdoorsy gear, a pocket knife can get bent, chipped, rusty, or just plain worn-out. In cases like this (or for reasons of your own), you might need to disassemble the knife into its separate pieces. In case you're worrying that the knife won't go back together once it's apart, don't; pocket knives are put together simply, and can be taken apart the same way.


In fact, the entire operation can be completed in less than 10 minutes using just a screwdriver or two.

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Step 1

Remove the visible screw(s) from the outside of your knife. The outside of your knife will always have at least one screw, but it might be covered by a decorative cover or similar.

Step 2

Remove the exterior panels of your knife. Continue to unscrew screws and remove panels until the knife is in its component sections.

Step 3

Use the flat-tip screwdriver to pry apart knife panels held together by friction instead of screws. Do so carefully; too much torque can damage your knife irreparably.



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