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Baby oil for sharpening...yes or no

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I did a search on sharpening oil and found members using: WD-40/diluted dish soap/Kerosene/olive oil/light mineral oil/baby oil/standard engine oil/water/dry etc. I'm a little skeptical about some of these lubes/non-lubes but I did find the baby oil interesting as a readily available, cheap alternative to the half full bottle in my big Lansky kit. Would you use baby oil? Yes or no. Thanks.

Isn't baby oil a light mineral oil?
 
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I don't like the smell of baby oil:barf: Save a baby use transmission fluid instead..:D
 
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Baby Oil is fine (pure, not aloed, vitamined, w/e)
better to get mineral oil that is sold as a laxative
 
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GarageBoy is right, just get a big jug of mineral oil from the drugstore. And I have heard (never bothered to actually check a bottle of the stuff) that standard baby oil is indeed simply mineral oil with scent added.
 
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Yes, baby oil is simply mineral oil with scent, not pressed baby. It'll work fine, if you can deal with the smell.

I don't use oil, and usually don't even use any lubricant. When I do, it's simply water.
 
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Good stuff made better cutting it 2:1 or 3:1 with kerosene. Oil floats the swarf, kerosene lubricates and increases cutting effieciency.

NJ
 
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Now that I use diamond hones rather than stone, the only lube I use is either a bit of kero, or water, or most often, nothing.
Greg
 
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Dude, lube is lube...

Or you could try going lubeless. I gave it up a while back and haven't looked back...

Quicker, cleaner, and more efficient job. Keener edge with the same grit...
 

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I don't use any lube for sharpening. I do use the food grade mineral oil for protection on high caron kitchen knives.

Let's see what exposure in the Maintenence forum gets us ... moving ...
 
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I use mineral oil cut with a little mineral spirits; floats the slur off a little better.:thumbup:
 
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I may carry and sharpen my own knife, but I still love the smell of a baby.

I mean, c'mon, what's not to like about the smell of a baby, or who's secure enough to admit it? That'd be like saying you don't like the smell of a girl's hair, or the smell of napalm in the morning. It's just not right.
 

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Baby oil is mineral oil with scent.

I got a pt jug of thread cutting lubricant at Home Depot a couple of years ago for a couble of bucks. Still using it with my Norton combo stone. Cost of the fluid should not be an issue unless you do this professionally every day all day long.
 
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Automatic transmission fluid is a very good cleaner, and NOT a very good "lubricant". You want cleaning, but you DON'T want lubrication on your stone.

I can't prove this, but I strongly suspect that Buck honing oil is nothing more than ATF.

And it works like gangbusters!:p
 
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