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Emmet J. McGauran




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PostPosted: Fri 13 Feb, 2009 2:11 pm    Post subject: Oiling advice needed         Reply with quote

Please help a novice out. :-)

I've read through quite a few posts here (and the excellent maintenance article) but just wanted a quick clarification on the oiling process.

After cutting or handling I'm currently wiping the blade down with a cloth and applying Ballistol, but what I'm not quite sure about is how much oil to 'leave on the blade,' as it were.

The blade (an Albion) had a good deal of oil on it when it arrived (perhaps for transport reasons?), so should I be leaving a good coat on it, or should I simply be coating it and then wiping it off?

It may sound simple, but I needed to ask.
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Dan Dickinson
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Feb, 2009 2:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, i personally use a soft cloth that i've had for several years (it's quite oil impregnated by now). What I do is give a spay onto the cloth and then wipedown the sword. Whatever oil is left on the sword then stays.
I hope this helps,
Dan
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D. Austin
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Feb, 2009 10:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Emmet,

What Dan said sounds quite sound to me. I have heard that excess oil can "stain" the steel but have never seen an example of it. Not a lot of oil is needed to protect the blade though and too much is just messy, so I always go for less rather than more, unless shipping or storing for a long time.

Darren.
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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Sat 14 Feb, 2009 12:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Like Dan I typically use an old rag that's been impregnated with oil over years of use. A simple wipe down after handling is sufficient, unless I'm cleaning the blade after cutting, then a bit more oil isapplied. It doesn't really take much. In fact, I've stopped using oil for routine maintenance and have gone to products like Flitz Gun Wax and Renaissance Wax.
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Emmet J. McGauran




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Feb, 2009 1:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for the advice gents.

I know there isn't necessarily a 'right' way of doing it, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing it 'wrong' (if that makes any kind of sense...).
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Feb, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Old rag with the same can of 3 in 1 oil for at least five years now. Have used McGuire's auto wax to good effect from time to time but that ran out a few years back and I've just stuck with the 3 in 1 since then. Might do something else when it runs out.
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