02-01-2016, 06:25 PM
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I just bought a few packs of blades that package kinda ruin because of oil.


I know that new blades always come covered in some sort of oil, to prevent them from rusting.

And I noticed that people sell "ancient" blades that are soaked in oil too.

Do you wash them before using? Or even sanitized them?
Is the oil harmful?

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 02-01-2016, 06:49 PM
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As someone who has worked on more firearms and knives in my life than I care to remember, as well as built cars and been a steel worker for years I can tell you I've ingested more oil or products that prevent steel frames from rusting.

When working at a car factory the oil would literally absorb into your hands mo matter how much you washed your hand if you ate with your hands you tasted oil.

Beem cut probably 100 times with steel coated with oil and never had any side effects what so ever. 

Its nothing to be concerned about IMO and probably even if you tried to rinse the oil off it would just bead up anyway. Just use them you'll be fine.

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 02-01-2016, 07:49 PM
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I've tried about 40 different blades over the years. I never felt a need to wash them prior to use.  However, I have no experience with vintage blades covered with oil.

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 02-01-2016, 07:52 PM
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(02-01-2016, 06:49 PM)John Wayne Wrote: As someone who has worked on more firearms and knives in my life than I care to remember, as well as built cars and been a steel worker for years I can tell you I've ingested more oil or products that prevent steel frames from rusting.

When working at a car factory the oil would literally absorb into your hands mo matter how much you washed your hand if you ate with your hands you tasted oil.

Beem cut probably 100 times with steel coated with oil and never had any side effects what so ever. 

Its nothing to be concerned about IMO and probably even if you tried to rinse the oil off it would just bead up anyway. Just use them you'll be fine.

Thank you so much. I will use the blades with more confident.

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 02-01-2016, 09:22 PM
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I've rinsed them in hot water and then scraped them but to get rid of those hideous wax dots.

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 02-01-2016, 09:39 PM
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I've always run hot water over the razor after putting a blade in, but never given much though to the oil.

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 02-02-2016, 04:14 AM
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Thats a good question. HIV virus dies outside the body in 2 weeks (even if dried), so if you are not sure about risk its better to boil the blade.

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 02-02-2016, 08:25 AM
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I suffer from OCD and thus rinse my blade prior to using it. To get rid of the wax spots and oil.
I run the blade under hot water and rinse it with a Kleenex. I try to avoid getting in contact with the edge of the blade because it can tame the edge. After rinsing it for a minute or so I dry it off gently and use it. If it feels tuggy/dragging, I hone it on my Razor Pitt.

After honing it on the Razor Pitt the blades almost in 99/100 cases feels sharp and good to go.

   

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 02-02-2016, 08:54 AM
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There is no reason to clean the blades before using them, in my opinion. This will not affect the shave, I've never had any problem. If you use blades with big wax spots, like GSB, you probably need to clean thoroughly the top cap or the base plate of the razor's head.

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 02-03-2016, 12:05 PM
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I never wash the blades before i put them in. I do disassemble, rinse and pat-dry my razor and blade after each shave. After the first shave the glue-dots are usually gone.

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 02-03-2016, 02:07 PM
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(02-02-2016, 04:14 AM)cityrider Wrote: Thats a good question. HIV virus dies outside the body in 2 weeks (even if dried), so if you are not sure about risk its better to boil the blade.

The probability of getting blades made 14 days from the factory is pretty rare I'd say. 

Im not going to go into details but I was in contact with blood that wasn't my own not too long ago. Same concerns as anyone would have having someone else's blood enter your eyes nose and mouth. 

Now I don't know about cuts but in my situation I was told by a dr near me as well as a friend that's a Dr. That the likelihood I could get infected even if the blood had HIV was rare and only a few cases have ever been reported.

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 02-03-2016, 08:51 PM
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Thats because usually people dont take enough attention when this happens... So there is no statistics... Of you research, there is up to 10 pct of people woth unknown unodentofoed cause of hiv. And almos everyone dont know that in dried blood hiv is still alive. Dont forget about horrible hepatitis C witch kills liver... So, i suggest to boil the blades and every tool you buy used. Its easy and 100% safe

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