03-19-2016, 05:09 AM
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Quote: Is it necessary to use oil for lubricating a safety razor?

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 03-19-2016, 05:30 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I don't think so. I've never done that to any of my razors.

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 03-19-2016, 05:41 AM
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I lubricate anything metal with moving parts including my adjustable and tto  safety razors.  As far as a 3 piece, I don't lubricate.  Others don't lubricate any of their razors.  I don't know if it is necessary but it cannot hurt.  Also I do it while I'm cleaning and lubing firearms so it is not any extra work prep or cleanup.

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 03-19-2016, 06:16 AM
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  • eengler
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After cleaning my razors I like to add a small amount of mineral oil to all threads and send a drop down the handle of twist to opens to cover the moving parts. To answer your question tho I don't think its absolutely necessary just makes sense to me.

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 03-19-2016, 12:12 PM
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  • chazt
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(03-19-2016, 06:16 AM)eengler Wrote: After cleaning my razors I like to add a small amount of mineral oil to all threads and send a drop down the handle of twist to opens to cover the moving parts. To answer your question tho I don't think its absolutely necessary just makes sense to me.

Ed, is mineral oil the same as baby oil? I've never seen swmbo buy mineral oil, but she does have a jar of baby oil. I have no dropper, but can accomplish the same thing with a toothpick. otoh, my red tips and mmoc seem to be working as they should, so "leave well enough" comes to mind. I wouldn't even know how to lubricate the gem to begin with - yeah, leave well enough alone.

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 03-19-2016, 12:30 PM
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(03-19-2016, 12:12 PM)chazt Wrote:
(03-19-2016, 06:16 AM)eengler Wrote: After cleaning my razors I like to add a small amount of mineral oil to all threads and send a drop down the handle of twist to opens to cover the moving parts. To answer your question tho I don't think its absolutely necessary just makes sense to me.

Ed, is mineral oil the same as baby oil? I've never seen swmbo buy mineral oil, but she does have a jar of baby oil. I have no dropper, but can accomplish the same thing with a toothpick. otoh, my red tips and mmoc seem to be working as they should, so "leave well enough" comes to mind. I wouldn't even know how to lubricate the gem to begin with - yeah, leave well enough alone.

The baby oil is just mineral oil with scent added so it will be fine.

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 03-19-2016, 05:17 PM
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  • naiyor
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That is a great question and I never thought of mineral oil. I may just put a drop or two in my TTO. It has been sounding a little rough.

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 03-19-2016, 05:23 PM
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Never have, but it can't hurt. I can especially see it being useful for TTOs.

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 03-19-2016, 08:30 PM
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In TTOs, but I can't imagine any 3-piece or 2-piece ones needing it.

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 03-20-2016, 03:54 AM
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It's the only reason I own pre-shave oil!

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 03-20-2016, 04:07 AM
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  • Devilanche
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Does WD40 counts as mineral oil?

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 03-20-2016, 05:18 AM
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I use ballistol.

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 03-20-2016, 06:05 AM
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(03-20-2016, 04:07 AM)Devilanche Wrote: Does WD40 counts as mineral oil?

Part of the problem with WD40 is that they have never actually disclosed the formula. It contains at least 25% "petroleum base oil", but it's uncertain if that is a mineral oil or a light lubricating oil, but it also contains a lot of other hydrocarbons - some of which do NOT play nice with your skin. It's not without reason the can states you should wear eye protection and nitrile rubber gloves when applying WD40...

If you plan to lubricate your razors, I would strongly suggest getting as pure a mineral oil as you can find; ideally I would use a food-safe grade mineral oil for anything that runs a risk of being near a cut in my skin.

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 03-20-2016, 06:58 AM
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(03-20-2016, 06:05 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(03-20-2016, 04:07 AM)Devilanche Wrote: Does WD40 counts as mineral oil?

Part of the problem with WD40 is that they have never actually disclosed the formula. It contains at least 25% "petroleum base oil", but it's uncertain if that is a mineral oil or a light lubricating oil, but it also contains a lot of other hydrocarbons - some of which do NOT play nice with your skin. It's not without reason the can states you should wear eye protection and nitrile rubber gloves when applying WD40...

If you plan to lubricate your razors, I would strongly suggest getting as pure a mineral oil as you can find; ideally I would use a food-safe grade mineral oil for anything that runs a risk of being near a cut in my skin.

Make sense. Would be better off using those baby Johnson type of oil over WD40. Had forgotten that razors are supposed to go near my face.

Thanks.

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 03-20-2016, 07:32 AM
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  • Barrylu
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I do not oil my razors. My razors are all new. What I have taken to doing is using Rennaisance wax on my razors and brush handles. The result is quite pleasing

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 03-20-2016, 09:29 AM
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A SS razor is fine without lubricants. Chrome plated razors however have exposed steel threads that can get a little rough with use. I put a small dab of petroleum jelly on during the monthly cleaning regimen. It is less inclined to migrate onto the cutting edge.

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 03-21-2016, 09:11 AM
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I think oil is not necessary.  A few periodic drops of blood ought to do it.   Angel

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 03-21-2016, 09:37 AM
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(03-20-2016, 04:07 AM)Devilanche Wrote: Does WD40 counts as mineral oil?

The issue with WD40 is like WegianWarrior said, it contains a number of different chemicals that are not listed.  Their web site states:  “not recommended because of the possibility of skin irritation in people with marginalized skin (i.e., eczema).”

If you are going to lubricate it I would stick to mineral oil.  I use mineral oil on cutting boards and wooden items that come into contact with food.  A small bottle doesn’t cost that much and will last a long time.

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 03-22-2016, 08:20 AM
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(03-19-2016, 05:41 AM)chromedometone Wrote: I lubricate anything metal with moving parts including my adjustable and tto  safety razors.  As far as a 3 piece, I don't lubricate.  Others don't lubricate any of their razors.  I don't know if it is necessary but it cannot hurt.  Also I do it while I'm cleaning and lubing firearms so it is not any extra work prep or cleanup.

(03-20-2016, 05:18 AM)chromedometone Wrote: I use ballistol.

Ballistol works just fine.  I also use some Hoppe's No. 9 from time to time on my TTO razors.

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 03-23-2016, 04:57 PM
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(03-19-2016, 06:16 AM)eengler Wrote: After cleaning my razors I like to add a small amount of mineral oil to all threads and send a drop down the handle of twist to opens to cover the moving parts. To answer your question tho I don't think its absolutely necessary just makes sense to me.

That's the only time I use oil on mine too.

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