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GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12194

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Was poking around Lowe's the other day looking for a good lubricant for the ball jointed arms that wasn't a wet lubricant like oil and ran across a product that works fantastically....IMHO....on not only the ball joints, but also worked very well applied to the actual rods you slide the sharpening paddles on.....it made the paddles slide silky smooth on the rods with hardly any friction or sticking.

It is a product made by DuPont called Teflon, non-stick dry film lubricant...........it goes on wet, but then dries to a slightly white film that seals whatever it's put on, providing a super slick finish. It cost about $6 a bottle here in Georgia, and that bottle should last a very long time as it's 4 full ounces.

Give it a try, I don't think y'all will be disappointed, and if you don't like it, you can always use it around the house for other things like squeeky shower doors, the door locks, etc...... :woohoo:

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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12208

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PTFE (teflon) dry film lubricant is great for a lot of uses, it's a pretty popular item in the gun world as well. The oil I use has teflon in it too, though I'm told you should generally avoid putting anything with teflon in contact with very hot surfaces since teflon burns off by releasing a noxious gas. For the WEPS it's perfect though!

I've noticed that after a lot of use my rods get some gunk on them and need cleaned off, especially if I've been using honing oil or something on the stones to keep them from loading up too much. Somehow that stuff always works its way into everything and eventually needs cleaned out and properly oiled!
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12211

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What stones do you use oil on, Tom?
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12215

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I use Gunzilla gun oil to clean off my stones and prevent loading up. It's not a great gun oil to be quite honest so I repurposed it for use on stones. Usually I'll drip some on and work it in a bit with my fingertip to loosen up the crud on the stone, then just mop it up with a paper towel pressing firmly down on it. This is a stop gap while I'm out doing something or just don't feel like thoroughly cleaning the stones.

I've found that a light oil like Gunzilla, Rem Oil etc can float particles out of the nooks and crannies pretty well so that a full cleaning isn't absolutely necessary for a lot longer. Really helps when I'm at flea markets and things like that!

Sometimes I'll lightly oil my stones as I work, sort of similar in nature to Clay's suggestion to use slightly soapy water. It does well capturing particles if you want to keep grit out of a work area, and might give a little smoother cutting action but I can't be sure of that :)
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12219

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Mark wondered at "what stones".. I do too.
Are you talking about the diamond "stones"?
I wouldn't think you would do that to water stones... right?
Ceramics ...??

Just curious!
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12231

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Oh yeah I didn't mention that in my other reply, whoops! I only have the Pro Pack 1 stones, so they are all diamond stones... 100/200, 400/600, 800/1000 paddles. I don't have any waterstones or ceramics, though I suspect honing oil or any light oil would not be detrimental to ceramics. Clay would know more than I do on that though.

I can say from experience that using a little oil on the 1000 stone works well, and does seem to make a smoother cutting action. That's the one grit I prefer to use oil on pretty regularly, but of course being diamond stones they work just as well dry :)
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12303

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Darrell;
Thank you for the recommendation of that dry lube. It works great on the paddles and I also pit some in a precision dropper to lube the pivot points on the pocket knives I sharpen. This lube works great and works its way down quickly and dries quickly. If you do put it on heavy it will leave a white film as stated on the back of the bottle.
Here is the link for the dropper bottles I use. They come with 3 tips and a cap for when you remove the needle tips.
www.precisionoilerplus.com/applicators-amp-dispensers.html
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12669

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JedBowen wrote:
Darrell;
Thank you for the recommendation of that dry lube. It works great on the paddles and I also pit some in a precision dropper to lube the pivot points on the pocket knives I sharpen. This lube works great and works its way down quickly and dries quickly. If you do put it on heavy it will leave a white film as stated on the back of the bottle.
Here is the link for the dropper bottles I use. They come with 3 tips and a cap for when you remove the needle tips.
www.precisionoilerplus.com/applicators-amp-dispensers.html

I just got my lube in today. None of the hardware stores in my area had it? So I did a Google search and ordered it. Then sent away for the precision oilers. I have to say it is FANTASTIC! :woohoo: I sonic cleaned a Swiss Army knife of a friends, which always leaves them gritty and sticky. :S I then blew it out with aerosol brake cleaner (makes a great gun cleaner) and then lubed up. The knife is like brand new! :P
I really like the little oiler bottle/tips for application! They really make a difference on getting the stuff to the right spot. :) I have to say that I have followed up on several items off this forum and have been very pleased with them all! :woohoo: There is so much more to this forum then meets the eye? I continue to learn on so many different levels. Thank you all! ;)
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12682

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I use a similar needle oiler as well:



I get these in three-packs for a little over $5 at Brownells. I use many different oil and lube products in the shop so I have a bunch with different things in them, and grab whichever works best for a given purpose. I think the dry film is definitely one of the best for knife use though :)

@EamonMcGowan - I can't count the number of great tips and tricks I've picked up around here. Hopefully I've shared a few as well. That's what makes this forum awesome!
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Re: GREAT LUBRICANT FOR WES ! 1 year 2 months ago #12713

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So glad some of you are finding out the lube I located really works for you as well as it did me.........it sounds like I am going to have to get me some of the applicator bottles that Jed posted the link on because the tip on the Teflon bottle is way to big and open for precision application........I'll hopefully be getting to meet Jed here in town on the 27th and really looking forward to that and chatting about knives and the WEPS. :woohoo:
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