Karabiner inspection

Karabiner inspection and maintenance recommendations from DMM below. Especially noteworthy is the statement at the bottom not to use graphite powder… I have come across locking mechanisms jam-packed and totally gummed up with graphite on numerous occasions – really rather the contrary effect to what you want it to do.

The three-step approach to assessing gate and locking mechanism function is to prevent the inspection of gates being over-biased, as many gates will have that one position, where, if you try long enough, you can get them to stick, but this is not a realistic or a practicable test. The three steps below replicate daily use more accurately and allow assessment of correct gate and locking mechanism function.