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    Best Oil for your knife

    What's deemed the most suitable to preserve your knife?

    This is a serious question 'cos even asking friends I get different answers from everyone..............

    Where I live in WA is much like New Mexico, shades of Arizona, without any snow, more or less, ever! You sometimes get some way into the bush but it doesn't last more than what appears to be a moment or two............generally arid.

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    Hi

    I use TUF-GLIDE an dhave had no problems at all with it here in the UK where we see all different types of weather conditions.

    Hope this helps.
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    I use Mil-Tec 1 down here in the humid, marshy environs of Southwest Louisiana. Just don't use it if you use your knives for food prep, however.
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    If the knife is going to be used for food preparation I would use a mineral oil or even a coating of cooking oil. If not I like Mil-Tec or FP10. AG Russell sells a silicone based protectant called Rust Free that is said to be excellent.

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    I use mineral oil. It's safe on food, inexpensive, and is easy to get.
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    another vote for mil tec...one bottle will last you a long long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick Draw View Post
    I use mineral oil. It's safe on food, inexpensive, and is easy to get.
    Me too. It's great.



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    Rem-Oil and INOX for the most part, especially INOX for it's needle tip applicator, allows me to get that just right drop of oil where it needs to be.

    Mineral oil for knives with nice stag or bone scales, since it won't stain.

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    Rem-oil and something called Zero Friction that I've only seen at the local sporting goods store, but it's awesome.
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    I use Ballistol-Klever.
    Weird smell but good and cheap.
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    Thanks for the responses Guys!

    Seeing as there is a (small) possibility I will be using any of my knives for food prep of some type, it looks like mineral oil gets the vote!

    Regards,

    BUG

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    I think the OP is asking about preserving knives rather than lubing pivots, but I could be wrong.

    I used Tufcloth for years to preserve knives I store in my safe. Never saw any rust.

    I used Miltec I for years on pivots -- worked well but didn't last all that long.

    About a year or so ago I switched to food-safe mineral oil for both, and have yet to have a knife rust or patina in the safe, and that includes numerous carbon steel knives. It's pretty humid here in the summer and I take no other precautions to protect from rust.

    It's a decent pivot lube too. I switched for the simple reason that I often end up using my knives to cut food.
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    I like to use the Tuf-Glide / Tuf-Cloth combo on my knives. A simple measure of preventative maintenance will ensure your knives will last for years to come.

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    DON'T use olive oil!!! Bought a 440v millie of e-bay & and it was covered in EVOO!! The oil turned bad and started to reak. Some people

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    Quote Originally Posted by J32A2 View Post
    DON'T use olive oil!!! Bought a 440v millie of e-bay & and it was covered in EVOO!! The oil turned bad and started to reak. Some people
    Good point, I was thinking of something like Sunflower or Canola which is the one I mostly use for cooking.

    As KeithM rightly points out the "question" was mostly about preservation of the blade, altho' if, as it appears, it lubricates as well so much the better!

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    I have these wahl clippers ... they came with this little thing of oil to keep the blades lubricated. I been using that and it works a treat. I never appreciated how smooth the action was on any of my spydies until I started using this stuff..

    Id say its probably standard mineral oil - it just says "blade lubricant" (or similar) on the little plastic bottle of the stuff..

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    Hey feeny. Your right. I have some of that oil too. I'll have to check it out and see if it's a worthy blade lubricant.
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    I've used clear mineral oil on my knives for several years. Non-toxic and easily washes out of my clothes. Not enduring tho.

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again. The best stuff smells like bananas (or spoiling bananas).

    But for any food application mineral oil is the only choice. I use a spray-can lube based on mineral oil that is certified for use in food processing plants. I picked up the can on a close out at Lowes. When I worked in a cannery the only grease we could use was an approved mineral oil based grease.

    Mineral oil or whale oil is my first choice since you can eat them.

    M'mnn... grease...
    Not really all that slick

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