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    Non-Toxic knife oils?


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    Subject pretty much says it all. What are some good oil choices for a knife that may occasionally be used for food prep?

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    Mineral oil.

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    I don't worry about it. An occasional few parts per million at worst of any oil ain't gonna hurt anybody.

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    second on Mineral oil. its people friendly and doesnt rot like food based oils will, nor is it toxic. Another good one is ballistol and WD-40 which are simply pressurized versions of Mineral Oil. though they have a . . . . tangier taste i guess you could say
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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchetjack View Post
    Mineral oil.
    +1

    Mineral oil is the only thing I've used so far but I am considering trying Fluid Film if I can find it locally. Fluid film isn't exactly labeled as being 'food safe' but I think it is non-toxic and hopefully the trace amounts left after using it won't hurt.

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    Give beeswax or chapstick a try.
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    I hear FrogLube is awesome. I've yet to try it, but it is supposed to be 100% non-toxic.

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    Mineral oil, unsalted lard, palm oil, beeswax, coconut oil, soy wax. Mineral oil is the established and proven choice, and it is readily available. It also makes a good honing fluid I am told.

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    Mineral oil ^5th powa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brets-ftw View Post
    second on Mineral oil. its people friendly and doesnt rot like food based oils will, nor is it toxic. Another good one is ballistol and WD-40 which are simply pressurized versions of Mineral Oil. though they have a . . . . tangier taste i guess you could say
    I'm a big fan of WD-40, but where did you get the information that it is simply pressurized Mineral Oil?

    My can of WD-40 warns that it is a breathing hazard that contains petroleum distilates: "Harmful or fatal if swallowed."

    That's how the company describes its own product.

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    "Mineral oil" is a term for a whole range of products from the same source. Properly referenced "food grade mineral oil" is what we want as a lubricant. It is refined more than other similar products. You can get it at a pharmacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esav Benyamin View Post
    You can get it at a pharmacy.
    Next to the Exlax.

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    Food grade mineral oil is the only thing I use on my knives. It works and you can eat it. It's also readily available and cheap.

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    Definitely "food grade" mineral oil, dirt cheap by comparison to other lubricants...plus it will keep ya regular

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanglekai View Post
    Food grade mineral oil is the only thing I use on my knives. It works and you can eat it. It's also readily available and cheap.
    +1 Cheap, readily available and works well.

    Having said that, Japanese Camellia Oil is excellent second choice. Actually it would be my first choice based on performance, however, it's more expensive and harder to find. It seems to be a little less viscous, less messy to apply, than M.O., at least to me. Both work well and are "food safe".

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash900 View Post
    I'm a big fan of WD-40, but where did you get the information that it is simply pressurized Mineral Oil?

    My can of WD-40 warns that it is a breathing hazard that contains petroleum distilates: "Harmful or fatal if swallowed."

    That's how the company describes its own product.
    The primary active ingredient in WD40 is Stoddards solvent, 51% by volume. Stoddards solvent is an aliphatic hydrocarbon similiar to kerosene but more refined. WD40 does contain mineral oil, 15% by volume. A drop or two probably won't hurt you but its not something you want to use regularly for food preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathol View Post
    The primary active ingredient in WD40 is Stoddards solvent, 51% by volume. Stoddards solvent is an aliphatic hydrocarbon similiar to kerosene but more refined. WD40 does contain mineral oil, 15% by volume. A drop or two probably won't hurt you but its not something you want to use regularly for food preparation.
    I would follow the manufacturer's recommendation on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion's Belt View Post
    I hear FrogLube is awesome. I've yet to try it, but it is supposed to be 100% non-toxic.
    I use frog lube on my knives, AR15, and Glock. It's a great lube, very slick, and it stays in place pretty well, too. I really bought it because its non-toxic, as I love cleaning and lubing my guns and knives frequently. Just one less thing to give me cancer, haha.

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    Another option would be Ballistol. I use mineral oil, though.


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