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Victorinox oil?

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I just recieved a black pioneer in the mail tonight. I am just wondering if anybody here knows what kind of lubricant Victorinox puts on the joints of their knives before they are shipped out? It seems of high quality and almost has a slight tackiness to it. It also doesn't seem to run or drip. I would love to get some of it.
 
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I'm pretty sure it's called exactly that, Victorinox Oil. Never seen it available anywhere but in the Vic catalog. Too much of a hassle to track down when there are plenty of good lubes at the local sporting goods store. I use Miltec-1. When properly applied and wiped away it doesn't attract lint like most oils do.
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I use "Victorinox Multi Tool Oil" too and not only for my SAKs. A small bottle of it costs only 4 euros over here. I bought it a year ago and now it is still half full. I am very satisfied with it.
 
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If you are in the NYC metro area try The Victorinox Store at the Westchester Mall in White Plains or Swiss Army Brands in manhattan in soho. Both carry the full line of Victorinox products so they are a good place to look.
 
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Thanks guys
I usually use clp on everything but it seems to wear off very quickly on my slipjoints and saks. Good info, I am going to look for that victorinox multi tool oil.
 
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I just use hoppes gun oil. Almost same viscocity and its cheap and i can use it on my reels and guns too!
 
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the good thing about victorinox oil is its actually foodgrade... so its save for food prep...

i use mineral oil or household oil on mine since i rarely use my sak for foodprep... but i'll get the victorinox oil someday...
 

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I use Remoil , don't know about food safe , but I use my Vics. lots for food prep ; an I'm still alive !

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Well, I also use the Original Victorinox Oil for my knives. Here in Europe it´s possible to order it online. Costs around 3 € and only one drop of that oil is enough, so you get very long with that oil.

Just to protect any Carbonblades I use the "Ballistol"-Oil which is produced here in Bavaria. A very fine weapon-oil.

Both of them are very good...

Kind regards...
 
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No oil. I strip it off when the knife is new. Vics are a perfect example of a knife that needs none. Oiling just encourages contamination and necessitates more frequent cleanings.
 
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Not in the case of a pocketknife with hard, polished friction surfaces. They don't generate enough heat or abrasion to be of any concern. If the knife were being constantly opened and closed for hours on end, I might agree. But pocketknives are not usually used in that way.

When oil is not needed but used anyway, it just attracts contaminants, creating a slurry that causes more wear*than might have been, and causes increased incidence of gumming up the works, which then needs more cleaning and oil to fix.
 
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I also use mineral oil (or sometimes camellia oil) but mostly because I already use it for my woodworking tools. I'm not really convinced that the "Victorinox multi-tool oil" is any better than regular old mineral oil.

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Not in the case of a pocketknife with hard, polished friction surfaces. They don't generate enough heat or abrasion to be of any concern. If the knife were being constantly opened and closed for hours on end, I might agree. But pocketknives are not usually used in that way.

When oil is not needed but used anyway, it just attracts contaminants, creating a slurry that causes more wear*than might have been, and causes increased incidence of gumming up the works, which then needs more cleaning and oil to fix.

What he said!
 
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I left my Swiss Champ in my fishing tackle box for a couple of years and never used it. When I did, it was hard to open the accessories, especially the blade, but fortunately, I had bought two bottles of Victorinox Multi Tool Oil when I bought my Swiss Champ XAVT and after a wash with warm water, drying and a few drops of Multi Tool Oil on the moving parts, everything eased up and now the accessories open nice and smoothly, just like it did when it was new I also put a drop on every moving part on my XAVT, even though it's still like new after having had it for about six years now.

Although they are referred to as Swiss Army Knives, I rarely use the blades. I use the magnifyer, nail file, scissors and screwdrivers more than anything else. But a word of warning:

Always have a pouch on your belt for your knife, attached to a chain that can be unclipped when you need it, in case someone takes a fancy to it and tries to nick it. There is nothing more embarrassing for a thief than to get caught red handed with your knife in their hands, attached to a chain to stop them walking away with your property. If you don't have a knife attached to a chain in a pouch, I suggest you get one and when you have finished using it, clip it on the chain asap. You wouldn't want to lose a tool that cost you a lot of money, would you?
 
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I don't use oil on my victorinox knives. It just attracts all kinds of lint and dirt and metal from wotk. They have all stayed fairly smooth with no oil and what lint does and up in there i can just blow it out with the airgun.
 
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I've used a tiny bit of good old 3-in-1 oil on my folders for 60 years with no problems. Don't need to oil them often though unless they are getting very hard use. That includes my SAKs. The only exception is old carbon blades exposed to a lot of dampness or
stored in damp places; then the blades need the oil to prevent rust.

Rich S
 
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