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Help! Sand in My Multitool

Good timing, because I just came back from a week of desert hiking in Jordan, and I ran into the same problem. My prized Leatherman Juice S2 sounds like crinkling sandpaper whenever I touch it.

Question:

Ever since my backpacking trip in Canyonlands, my multitool had been gunked up with sand. I’ve scrubbed it with a toothbrush and run it through the dishwasher, but there’s still grittiness whenever I open the tools. What can I do?

Submitted by – Kevin – Utah

Answer:

Good timing, because I just came back from a week of desert hiking in Jordan, and I ran into the same problem. My prized Leatherman Juice S2 sounds like crinkling sandpaper whenever I touch it. I tried your above techniques, and even tried bathing it in boiling water in hopes that the sand would loosen (only do this to all-metal tools; plastic will melt), but nothing worked. Tiny grains of sand were imbedded in minuscule openings. Then I had a brainstorm: My Waterpik! I bought one a few years back for my kids who have braces. I filled it with hot water and blasted each tiny crevice of my tool. It worked like charm. My tool is now grit-free and good as new! Wish I could say the same for my kids’ teeth.