10-15-2015, 07:28 AM
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As the title says, how often?  I have done it once on my progress though I just received it.  I use Ballistol (which is actually what I use to clean and oil my firearms, as well as clean and condition my leather goods/shoes)

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 10-15-2015, 08:13 AM
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Every couple months but I use mineral oil.

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 10-15-2015, 09:50 AM
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I have never oiled my Progress, but, again, I don't use it that often. Biggrin

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 10-15-2015, 10:21 AM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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I think only if you intend to protect or lubricate moving parts...I don,t believe you can "over oil" a razor...think of it as a tool...use a non smelly high quality non staining sewing machine oil and go to town...or not...don,t think it really makes much difference.....however I oil every time I clean...lightly and with a needle applicator and a Q-tip...part of the process.

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 10-15-2015, 03:41 PM
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I do WD40 every few months.  Lubricates the razor..the WD40 scent goes away after a couple shaves.

Ed

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 10-15-2015, 04:26 PM
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I have honestly never oiled any adjustable. All vintage and all in fantastic working order.

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 10-15-2015, 05:50 PM
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  • kwsher
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(10-15-2015, 04:26 PM)Skinny Rogers Wrote: I have honestly never oiled any adjustable. All vintage and all in fantastic working order.


Same here...

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 10-15-2015, 06:30 PM
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  • BobH
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The only time I have oiled an adjustable is after cleaning a vintage one that I just acquired. I use mineral oil for that.

Bob

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 10-16-2015, 08:14 AM
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  • bullgoose
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I have never oiled my adjustable razors.

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 10-16-2015, 10:24 AM
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  • srgjazz
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When the1/4 turn on my Fatboy gets difficult, I soak it in some dish washing soap and that fixes the problem. Never used oil.

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 10-16-2015, 11:03 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I have two adjustables, Futur and Slim handle Adjustable, but I've never oiled them. This is the first time I read something about oiling adjustable razors, by the way.

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 10-16-2015, 08:14 PM
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(10-15-2015, 06:30 PM)BobH Wrote: The only time I have oiled an adjustable is after cleaning a vintage one that I just acquired. I use mineral oil for that.

Bob

Same routine for me

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 10-17-2015, 01:22 PM
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I never oil adjustable razors. They were never designed to require oil, so it's not necessary. Although food grade mineral oil would be fine, I'd never use anything like WD40 or gun oils near my face.

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 10-17-2015, 04:05 PM
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(10-17-2015, 01:22 PM)vadim Wrote: I never oil adjustable razors. They were never designed to require oil, so it's not necessary. Although food grade mineral oil would be fine, I'd never use anything like WD40 or gun oils near my face.
+1 
Oil can be very abrasive on moving parts as it accumulates dirt particles.  It can thicken and is hard to get out of tight spaces.  If a vintage razor is not operating smoothly I would try water based lubricant but not anything petroleum based.  Not sure but there may be rubber seals or other trim involved in the mechanism that could be degraded over time by anything that is not soluble in water.

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 10-17-2015, 09:41 PM
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This is what's written on a Merkur Progress package:

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 10-18-2015, 05:37 AM
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Mineral oil if you are going to use anything. I wouldn't use WD40.

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 10-18-2015, 06:51 AM
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  • kav
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Chrome and stainless steel came into use in firearms and other machine applications BECAUSE they didn't need oiling.

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 10-18-2015, 09:18 AM
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I am still using a 1960 Fatboy that, to my knowledge, has never been oiled.  Used it this morning, in fact.  Works a charm.

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 10-18-2015, 12:10 PM
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(10-18-2015, 09:18 AM)kingfisher Wrote: I am still using a 1960 Fatboy that, to my knowledge, has never been oiled.  Used it this morning, in fact.  Works a charm.

Ditto here with my F4 and the previous owner has never oiled it.   Very interesting that Merkur foresaw a need for regular lubrication.

I found an interesting video about how to oil the Fatboy and the guy doing it seems to think it is a good idea.   The dry lubricant I also use on my guns in contact areas but I don't know how it will behave on a razor with all the soap and water every day. 




For now I'm leaving mine unoiled unless some documentation pops up from somewhere showing it is recommended.

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 10-18-2015, 12:51 PM
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I'll chime back in on this. I remember threads in the past about vintage gillettes and oiling. A lot of original paperwork was photographed and nothing called for oiling or lubrication. Hence why I see no need. If they have survived this many years in good working order I feel no need. If they get gunked up then a good dawn soak will normally free the tto mechanism. This is what I have always read. Although I have never had to do this.

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