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#60583 - 02/16/06 03:59 PM High Carbon Knife Oil Question
TomSwango Offline
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Registered: 10/26/02
Posts: 67
It appears that high carbon knives need to be kept oiled in order to prevent rust. My question is since I use my knife mostly for cutting food items and do not want machine oil on my food. What do you suggest. Can I use cooking oil or what is the best or normal solution.

Thanks Tom

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#60584 - 02/16/06 04:10 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
Blues Offline
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Registered: 05/27/01
Posts: 30
Buy yourself a bottle of pharmaceutical grade mineral oil (used as a laxative and available at any drug store chain).

It is non toxic and won't get rancid. Works great on steel and for conditioning wood and other natural materials.
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#60585 - 02/16/06 07:39 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
Carbon knives used in food preparation will eventually develop a 'pickled' discoloration that is itself mildly rust inhibiting. Get yourself a high carbon Mora and impale some innocent russet potato overnight. In the morning fry up the potato while admiring the almost damascene patterns in your blade. A little mineral oil and your set. Some steels rust with just a dirty look. It's part of the territory.

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#60586 - 02/16/06 08:27 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
norad45 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
I've been using olive oil and it seems to work pretty well. Just don't let the wife catch you dipping the knife in the bottle. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#60587 - 02/16/06 08:43 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
Blane Offline


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 8
I've used spray on PAM which works very well.

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#60588 - 02/17/06 02:36 AM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
Breaker Offline
Stranger

Registered: 12/18/05
Posts: 8
Loc: mid michigan
HI tom iuse my silicone gun cloth works fine


regards Breaker

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#60589 - 02/17/06 03:59 AM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
pipedreams Offline
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Registered: 07/11/04
Posts: 32
Loc: OK
I'm a true-blue carbon steel fan and I second the mineral oil suggestion.

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#60590 - 02/17/06 05:48 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
KG2V Offline

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Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
I always found that using them EVERY day, clean and hand dry ASAP, and a light wipe with veg oil (never gets a chance to go rancid - see the use every day part) works fine - in fact, the are nicely grey pickled, and have been for years, so the wipe is kinda optional
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#60591 - 02/17/06 07:46 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
NAro Offline
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Registered: 03/15/01
Posts: 487
My experience with carbon steel butcher's knives, used-washed-dried very frequently is that they needed NOTHING ELSE. YMMV, but I inherited my Grandfather's then my Father's actual commercial butcher's knives: 80+ years of use and no problem. They're beautifully discolored, but none of it "rubs off" (which is my test for rust vs patina).

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#60592 - 02/18/06 08:31 PM Re: High Carbon Knife Oil Question
jamesraykenney Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 03/12/04
Posts: 315
Loc: Beaumont, TX USA
Quote:
I'm a true-blue carbon steel fan and I second the mineral oil suggestion.

todd


Thirded...

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