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Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.

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Does anyone have any recommendations of a lubricant for folding knives with Zytel handles?  For my SAK's I have always used mineral oil, but should I be doing anything different for these knives?  I am mainly referring to my Cold Steel Voyager and Twistmaster.

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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008, 11:31:02 PM
You probably wouldn't benefit much, if at all from having a lubricant in there- probably the opposite really.  Liquid lubrication traps gunk in the joint and then dries, cementing the blade in place.

Clean it good, run some waxless dental floss through the joint and keep it dry and clean.

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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008, 11:32:34 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations of a lubricant for folding knives with Zytel handles?  For my SAK's I have always used mineral oil, but should I be doing anything different for these knives?  I am mainly referring to my Cold Steel Voyager and Twistmaster.

Thanks.

I just use thin vegetable oil :), that way there's no worries about food/you contamination :), plus if it goes gunky just wash it out and replace it :)

To be honest though for your Cold steels I wouldn't really bother, just keep them clean :)
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008, 11:34:50 PM
Thanks for the tips guys.  ;)
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008, 11:55:24 PM
I wouldn't use vegetable oil, it go rancid overtime and gunk up pivot. Personally for knives I can disassemble, I do that and apply anti seize to pivot, otherwise I use motor oil.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008, 12:00:51 AM
I wouldn't use vegetable oil, it go rancid overtime and gunk up pivot. Personally for knives I can disassemble, I do that and apply anti seize to pivot, otherwise I use motor oil.
I've been doing it for over 18 year's and I've not had any probs, but I do clean my knives regularly anyway, and only ever use a tiny bit of thin veg oil anyway :)
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 12:11:09 AM
I use a few drops of 10W-30 motor oil on the pivots of my Zytel knives.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008, 01:46:54 AM
Maybe try a little tinder fungus? Stuff's a real miracle potion so I'm told. :)
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008, 02:45:47 AM
I've been doing it for over 18 year's and I've not had any probs, but I do clean my knives regularly anyway, and only ever use a tiny bit of thin veg oil anyway :)

Then it's not a problem :), but if you leave the stuff in there it'll become goo.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #9 on: May 05, 2008, 04:11:13 AM
How about wd40, can I use it on my leahterman and saks. Been using gun oil but it really gunk up the pivot.
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #10 on: May 05, 2008, 04:15:35 AM
WD40 is classified as solvent, not lubricant.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #11 on: May 05, 2008, 04:32:21 AM
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #12 on: May 05, 2008, 05:03:58 PM
How about wd40, can I use it on my leahterman and saks. Been using gun oil but it really gunk up the pivot.

I use it on my MT's, but not on my SAK's. When I sent in my Wave to be repaired it came back with WD-40 on it so if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.  :D
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008, 05:59:42 PM
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I'd use mineral oil for food use knives.

I like Break Free CLP (cleans, lubes, protects) or rem oil (they also have a nice dry lube).
and like said, wash em and keep em clean, especially after use, and you should be fine.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #14 on: May 06, 2008, 12:21:12 AM
How about wd40, can I use it on my leahterman and saks. Been using gun oil but it really gunk up the pivot.

I use it on my MT's, but not on my SAK's. When I sent in my Wave to be repaired it came back with WD-40 on it so if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.  :D

Is this because MT can be used bone dry, but SAK's are designed to be oiled?
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #15 on: May 06, 2008, 01:59:05 AM
Anything from victorinox with the mirror finish doesn't really need lube. My first sak was never lubed and works perfectly.


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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #16 on: May 06, 2008, 12:45:06 PM
Anything from victorinox with the mirror finish doesn't really need lube. My first sak was never lubed and works perfectly.

They certainly don't need a lot.  I use mineral oil on mine and you only need a very small amount.
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Re: Lubrication suggestions for folders with Zytel handles.
Reply #17 on: May 06, 2008, 08:30:14 PM
I like to use Tuf Glide or a Tuf Cloth on my knives/tools. Using a very thin layer it protects, cleans, and lubricates. 
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