Fairly new here. Newbie doesn't sound right, its like saying 3 years of tech school and a BA mean nothing but, meh. Essentially, I know enough about oil, grease, and lube to work my way around steel, aluminum, and the like.
Moving on. My Manix2 was like a punch in the face. As if Sal reached through my monitor and slapped me into the reality that I need a few more wee Spiders. Like all things metal, plastic, and fun, I tore right into that age old warranty buster and pulled my Manix2 apart. I cleaned it and lubed it with what I had on hand, which for this family meant T9 bicycle chain lube. T9 is great stuff made by Boeing. Works great on all 5 of our bicycles. At about 12 bucks for three ounces, its a good investment for some PM on our horde of people movers.
With some T9 in my Manix2 and three more Spydercos on the way (Delica4, H1 Hawkbill Ladybug, and a Cat) I figured it might be best to research what y'all use. I picked up a 1oz bottle of Tuf-glide. I tore down my new Delica and even my Manix2 (again), cleaned them down with some WD40 and relubed the whole horde and added the Tuf-glide. Things went well.
Now, looking to the Delica and its frame lock(?, you know what I mean if I said that wrong). This knife locked up pretty grainy from the start. Even after the tear down, clean, and lube, it was still pretty grainy. Not smooth, kind of ruff. Yes, this is even after a week's worth of tearing apart cardboard for 11 hours a day, so broken in could be assumed.
The graininess was driving me mad. I loved the Delica and really wanted to "feel" the quality. So, after a few Jim Beans, I grabbed the T9 once again and relubed the pivot and bearings. BAM, no more graininess.
Now, I don't know a cat's tail about proper, accepted, knife lubrication but smooth is smooth and grainy is grainy. I've read enough to know that Spyderco owners swear by Tuf-glide but it simply wasn't living up to the hype for me.
So, there is my story and second step into the door of the Spyderco forum world. If anyone has any insight or willingness to try out my fluke, go for it. I'd love to hear from y'all and cherish your words of wisdom.
PS, link to the T9 http://www.amazon.com/Boeshield-Corr.../dp/B000GE1F9K