What Oil do you use on your Carbon Knives?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by betowess, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. betowess

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    I made the switch to carbon knives recently and have been occasionally wiping with my canola oil and a piece of cotton. I read somewhere some use walnut oil and beeswax at a 80% oil and 20% wax ratio to make a nice butter, which is good for cutting boards too.

    I also know my seller says just use mineral oil (obviously food grade), but I really don't want to use a refined petroleum product which is left over from making gasoline, so can I just use my trusty canola oil with the beeswax,  or what do ya think?  Sorry if this is too dumb of a question...

    I'm new here, this is a great forum. I just cook at home - love experimenting and learning more about foods and methods, and like holding a well crafted knife as well. I like to eat too, ha ha.../img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  2. ed buchanan

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    Mineral oil on the stone  not food oil  which gets sticky over time
     
  3. franzb69

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    I use mineral oil. I buy mine from the drug store so I'm sure it's food safe since they're made to be used for medical purposes.
     
  4. twyst

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    Are you talking about for oiling the handle of your knife, or are you putting this stuff on your blade?
     
  5. kokopuffs

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    You can get a gallon of mineral oil at any tack and feed store for less than $20 a gallon.  Then, affix a label that says "NORTON SHARPENING OIL" to a pint can and you can sell it for around $7 or $8!
     
  6. betowess

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    For the blade. The handles are POM. But I have a DMT duo sharp diamond bench stone set - so you spray water on it with a mister. I was just wondering about the blade maintenance oil.  Anyone ever use walnut oil? I kind a want to find an alternative to mineral oil, if posssible.

    Thanks for the replies so far.
     
  7. boar_d_laze

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    Any and all vegetable and/or nut oils which I can think of, including walnut and canola oils, are unsuitable for oiling knife handles.  As they age they get gummy and rancid.  Food grade mineral oil is the most practical and inexpensive choice, but there are others which are otherwise just as good -- certain tung oils, for instance.

    Actually, commercial "honing oil," whether Norton or other brands, is a very, very light mineral oil and not the same viscosity as the food grade mineral oil sold in drug stores as baby laxative, etc.  If you want to make honing oil out of ordinary mineral oil, mix the mineral oil 50/50 with mineral spirits.  I prefer using my oil stones dry or with water rather than with honing oil; but it's something of a mixed bag.  We can get into the pluses and minuses if you're thinking about oil stones.
     
  8. franzb69

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    i use mineral oil for both the handle and the steel.
     
  9. brianshaw

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    I've never oiled the steel part of a knife, carbon steel or otherwise.  I just keep them scrupulously dry when not in use.  As for hte wood... similar, but if I were to oil it would be (or will be at some point in the future) either mineral oil or tung oil.

    Here's an intersting articl;e:

    http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/article/food-safe-finishes.aspx
     
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  10. ordo

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    +1 Sure. And if you use a carbon knife on a daily basis you just need to dry the blade WHILE USING it or it will rust. It will rust even if you have a nice, old patina on it.
     
  11. ed buchanan

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    If you dont use often it is best to oil the steel part before storing. Humidity in air causes oxidation which is caused by moisture and oxygen(air)
     
  12. kokopuffs

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    If it's the wooden handle that's to be oiled, the I use several applications of pure tung oil with the last coat being a mixture of 50-50 tung oil - mineral spirits.  It leaves somewhat of a hard, final coating.
     
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  14. betowess

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    Yeah, I practically live in a temperate rain forest here in Washington state on the west side, and my wall magnet is not too far from the sink, so that is why I want to oil up the steel fairly often.  Like I said before, the handles are POM so that isn't the question / issue. Thanks for all the opinions. I guess I'll keep using my canola oil for now.
     
  15. kokopuffs

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    you wont go wrong with tung oil
     
  16. iceman

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    I use 5W30 in the winter and 20W50 in the summer.  I also use the following products regularly with high regards; RisloneMarvel Mystery Oil  and either Dura Lube  or Slick 50, whichever is on sale at the time.
     
  17. betowess

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    Its not for my car!! But I guess you're joking anyways. ha ha... I don't really want to pull any petro product through a nice ripe tomato and then put it in my salad. As I mentioned at the first of the thread I was trying to find an alternatives to mineral oil / petroleum jells. I'll just continue to use food oils as I use most of the knives daily...
     
  18. scott livesey

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    the medicinal grade mineral oil you get at the drugstore is perfectly safe, it will not thicken or go rancid.  i will be testing a beeswax and mineral oil mix in the morning on cutting boards, will try some on blades and see how it works.  

    scott
     
  19. boar_d_laze

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    Current price for mineral oil at the local feed store (it's an animal laxative as well as everything else) is around $12/gal.  Yes, that's a gallon. 

    Camellia Oil is good stuff, but ridiculously expensive; running around $15 per 4 oz bottle ($480/gal) at knife store prices.  If you already have it, use it by all means.  I see its superiority over mineral oil as being the magic that its Japanese, really good knives come from Japan, and so on; but if you don't believe in magic don't waste your money.  Using it won't make your knife an ancient katana, nor you a samurai. 

    Tung oil can be expensive too, depending where you get it.  Some commercial tung oils aren't safe to have around food prep surfaces and some are -- but I don't know how to tell which is which.  While I wouldn't put anything on a handle which wasn't "food-safe," a handle isn't a food prep surface.  Up to you.  You can also use Danish wood oil, teak oil, rosewood oil, etc. 

    Adding beeswax to mineral oil helps to make the oil last longer.  Some people think that it makes the wood more resistant to water penetration, but I don't know.  Either way, as long as you keep your handles and boards oiled enough to not dry out, it probably doesn't matter.  Beeswax helps give a richer color, if you care. 

    You should oil your handles and boards regularly to keep them stable.  I find it aids my memory to oil them whenever I do a full sharpening, which is five or six times a year.   If you let your handles dry out, you'll have to oil them several days in a row in order to make sure the oil has fully penetrated and the wood has stabilized.  Stability is the goal, not appearance. 

    If you're going to oil your carbon knife blades before storing them to prevent rust, individually wrap each knife in newspaper, old rags, or something similar as well.  That will not only help prevent the oil from drying out, but protect the knives from other sorts of damage.  Make sure you the handles are well-oiled before storing too. 

    BDL
     
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  20. betowess

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    That is an interesting article in Fine Woodworking. And its author says walnut oil won't go rancid. So there are differing opinions on that. The article was primarily about protecting cutting boards. I might just try the walnut oil / beeswax butter method... Thanks for sharing that one.

    I had previously read about making that oiling butter in a Food 52 thread.