What is a good all around oil to use on knives?

Discussion in 'Production Knives Forum' started by cobweb9999greg, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Trying to find a good oil for my knives that with lubricate and help rust prevention, but does not cost a fortune since I am on a tight budget. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can use, if so please shoot me an email at cobweb9999greg@sbcglobal.net and again thanks for any help you can offer. God Bless The USA and all our Troops.
  2. GUNNER63755

    GUNNER63755 Member

    Plain old cheap 3 in 1 oil has worked for me for many years. I don't have rust problems or gumming up problems using this product.
  3. Justin Presson

    Justin Presson Well-Known Member

    yeah I think 3 and 1 did good on a test one of our knifemakers did Anthony Self. Maybe he can post the link to his test.
  4. seber

    seber Member

    Mineral oil is food safe and better at rust prevention. Your local drugstore calls it baby oil.
  5. Self Made Knives

    Self Made Knives Well-Known Member

    Here was my test...
  6. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

    Anthony, I just sit here and watched your video. Like you I was kind of surprised at the results, 3 in 1 oil, being the best. If I would have had to put money on it, I would have went with the Gun oil!

    Very interesting test!! Thumbs up!!
  7. Smallshop

    Smallshop KNIFE MAKER

    Sweet test! Thanks Anthony!
  8. Rick Otts

    Rick Otts Well-Known Member

    I agree on that and tossed my Rem oil after seeing this.
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  9. Kevin R. Cashen

    Kevin R. Cashen Super Moderator

    For years I tried various oils. The standard 3 in 1 oil, WD-40, Renaissance wax, and the Rem oil. Renaissance wax did a fair job, but none of them, of any oil I had tried could keep 400x and above polished blades rust free in my shop during the spring and early summer in Michigan. It became part of my routine to wait for the final polish so that I could get those things polished and shipped before they would start to stain just sitting on the bench.

    All the while I had friends telling me to get Ballistol, but after my experience I just said “Yeah, yeah, sure another wonder oil that will do what none of the others can.” Eventually I bought some and found that there is indeed an oil that is significantly different in corrosions protection. I can now leave sword blades, polished to 600X on my bench for months at a time and not have a single spot on them. I have a sword that I take to talks to let the audience feel a real sword, that I used to have to clean, oil and seal up in airtight case as soon as my talk was over and I would still have a random spot, here or there, then next time I took it out. It now sits in the corner, leaned up against the wall of my lab for months, rubbed down with Ballistol, with no problems.
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  10. opaul

    opaul Well-Known Member

    Ballistol is great stuff. I just wish it didn't smell so bad. My wife will not let me use it in the house.
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  11. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Ha ha, your right about that, it is good stuff and I had a big bottle of the stuff years ago. I finally gave it away, there was just something about that smell I couldn't stand. it's funny too because most of us have stuff that stinks in different ways around our shop but Ballistol is really strong...and different.
  12. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Another oil I've used that has a big time smell is weapon shield...good oil but stinks in a real funny way.
    I pretty much just stick to Mobile 1 5w20.
  13. Self Made Knives

    Self Made Knives Well-Known Member

    I still use Rem Oil for guns, not for corrosion but for lube. Seems to work fine for AR15 actions and slides on semi-auto pistols.
  14. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff Well-Known Member

    I have started to use chainsaw bar oil for its sticky ability to stay on the steel and in particular for when I am shipping knives off the the US where they might be in humid climate during shippping for a week or more.
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