What to use to oil carbon steel blades?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Smiling, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. sv4


    Feb 13, 2014
    Mineral oil will do.
  2. Obcessed

    Obcessed Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    Ballistol all the way. Used on steel, leather and wood and has stood the test of time since 1890. Developed by the Germans and used for military applications in the field.
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  3. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Reason more for coconut oil, it actually smells really nice.
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  4. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    I never intentionally oil my knife blade unless it's going into storage. In that case it's breakfree clp from the 90's, which is excellent. I have no idea if the present formula is the same.
    The only time my user knife sees oil is from the rare oil stone sharpening, or a drop to free up a gummy pivot until I can give it a proper cleaning.
  5. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I use cutting board oil. Which is food safe mineral oil. I keep it handy for cutting boards wooden utensils knife blades and wood scales.
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  6. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I don't oil my blades, very few have rusted over the years. Interestingly enough, half of those that rusted were stainless steel, but rusting has been a rare occurrence. I live in a dry climate.
  7. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    I live in very humid climate.

    And stainless steel corrossion is always cringey, I mean not only that stainless steels are generally weaker than high carbon steels (unless we talk about super steels, which still aren't completley stainless), and if they rust too, that's just bad.
  8. GABaus


    May 7, 2017
    lip balm such as chap stick works pretty darn well in my experience.
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  9. ferider

    ferider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    Frog Lube.
  10. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Well, answers like this one are what I was hoping for when I created the thread :D

    It's easy to carry in your pocket, easy to buy and easy to use. It also has another use except just oiling your blade. And it is perfectly food safe.
    Your lips aren't dry, your girlfriend is happy and your blade is safe from rust.

    Also, people would give you weird look if you carried something like small oil bottle or small greasy rug with you to maintain your knife, especially assumig that you'll use it and you're also going to be somewhere for prolonged period of time.
    But you won't really get weird looks for lip balm.
  11. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    All kinds of stuff accumulates on an oiled blade.
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  12. bigfish

    bigfish Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I wipe em down with a Marine Tuff cloth. Never ever had rust issues.
  13. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    Silicone spray is something I like.
    Long lasting.
    I don't use non-stainless for food.
  14. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Well, I'm currently using lip balm on my EDC knife, so I'll see how it goes. I got that idea thanks to this forum :)

    On my other knife I usually use for harder tasks at home or outdoors I still use coconut oil, and so far I never experienced rust.

    Both of those are food safe, easily available and honestly even smell good. I mean, both coconut oil and lip balm have other purposes except being used on a knife, so I have them around all the time.
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  15. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    What sort of lip balm did you choose?
  16. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    The one I had already, Labello Classic :D

    It's cheap and just works, has no color, it's convenient because you have it in your pocket and it's not too hard to apply it either.
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  17. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    It has petrolatum in it, which is a form of mineral oil.
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  18. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Now that explains lip balm method.
  19. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    I use Ballistol for a wide range of different uses. I've used it also to coat carbon steel blades with good results.

    My favorite rust preventative for carbon steel blades is FLITZ metal wax. FLITZ also makes a great polish and several other knife/gun maintenance products. And their metal wax is just great. If I'm not going to use the knife for food prep then I'll just use the Ballistol. But I very rarely use any Carbon Steel blade for any type of food application with all the great stainless blades available anymore.
  20. SteelJunkee


    May 6, 2018
    Bee wax or paraffin are excellent on patina, seals very good, non-sticky, stays clean, glides trough material, last longer in wet environment, no problem with food and helps alleviate the stickiness to wet / humid thing in very cold environment. Easy to carry and use. I love it. I only oil for storage. I would never put greasy knives in my sheaths. I remove the oil completely with soapy water and wax them before uses in the field. I have a Glock that the blade rusted from under the oil film because it was all the time in high humidity in my truck's toolbox, that never occurred with wax or Paraffin.
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