Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

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Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Evil D » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:25 pm

So many people seem to swear by this stuff I figured I'd hop on the bandwagon and drink the koolaid. Honestly I have my doubts so this will be interesting one way or another, I'll either be proven wrong and love it (preferably) or I'll just stick with my bearing grease which I really really like so it already has some stiff competition.

To all you supporters, what other lubes have you tried that you feel this is better than? Have you ever tried bearing grease? I don't mean the nasty thick black stuff that'll stick to a wall, I mean high performance bicycle stuff like Phil Wood which is much thinner and extremely slick.

I first tried grease in my Southard, because bearings mean bearing grease right? I have tried a couple other lubes I have in bearings (White Lightning, Tri-Flow) and nothing compares. I particularly like that it creates a barrier at the edge that crud doesn't seem to get past. When I take my knives apart there is always a ring of pocket lint around the pivot but the pivot itself is always clean.

So we'll see. I've got a fleet of Sliveraxes'ss's that I'll try the Nano on and I since I've got a couple of them I'll be able to do a direct side by side comparison so there won't be any other variables besides my ability to tune the pivots equally.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Liquid Cobra » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:32 pm

I find it depends on the knife. Sometimes I use nano oil, sometime I use grease. Sometimes I use both, nano oil for the pivot, grease for the ball detent track. There are also different weights for nano oil, that can make a big difference. So I typically try nano oil, if it doesn’t work I try something else. Play around with it and see what works for you.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Pelagic » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:32 pm

I wonder how Lucas oil stabilizer would work on knives. It's very thick.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Dazen » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:36 pm

I’ve always just used Knife Pivot Lube because that’s what I bought first and I’ve grown accustomed to the applicator. I really don’t care too much about what oil as long as they aren’t dry. I’ve even used Hoppe’s Elite Gun Oil on my knives from my guns with no noticeable difference. Let us know what you think.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Evil D » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:40 pm

Pelagic wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:32 pm
I wonder how Lucas oil stabilizer would work on knives. It's very thick.
Motor oil in general should work extremely well and it comes in a plethora of weights. You could also get one quart and it'll last 10 generations if you only use it for knife pivots. I may give this a shot too while I'm tinkering around.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby FK » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:49 pm

Nano-Oil is my favorite for folding knives.

For new knives, 5wt for the initial pivot/washers and after that 10wt for routine lub.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby PineChaos » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:54 pm

I wish someone would send this stuff in for a VOA so we could learn exactly which motor/gear oil bottle it comes out of :D

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby p_atrick » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:55 pm

I bought some a few years ago when the hype was really high (hard to find). It's good. It does what you expect. The new lubricant du jour is KPL. Given the price difference between it and Nano Oil (plus, people really seem to like KPL), I don't know if I'd get Nano Oil again. I'm skeptical of the "nano" benefits, but I was a sucker for those well-known YT channels that raved about Nano Oil.

I'm interested in what you have to say about how it compares to your normal lubricant of choice. I don't think you will be disappointed, but I don't think you will be blown away by it either.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby JonLeBlanc » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:06 pm

I've actually used plain old 3-in-1 with good results
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Sharp Guy » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:25 pm

I'll be interested to read what you think about it. I've had 10 wt Nano oil in my shopping list for a few years. I haven't actually ordered it yet. To be honest I'm not real picky about oils. I'm the same way with gun oils. I probably have a half dozen different kinds. They all do what I need em to. I'm currently using Weaponshield for pivot lube. It works fine. I find it hard to believe that something KPL could be that much better.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby TkoK83Spy » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:37 pm

Has anyone ever used Benchmade Blue Lube? It's the only thing I've used and seems to work pretty well. Interested in how it stacks up against the others from anybody with experience with it?
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Bloke » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:40 pm

I’ll be very interested in your findings D. I’ve wondered about nano oil myself but balked, primarily because I couldn’t be happier with Shimano Ace-2 grease I’ve been using on pivots for a couple of years now. :)

My old Camo S30V Military is as smooth, slick and silent today as it was at least two years ago when I first serviced it. :cool:

I’ve experimented with all sorts of fancy lubes in the past playing with guns, re sizing cases etc. and knives pivots and I’ve found without exception the fancier the name and colour the more likely they’ll be nothing both but Snake Oil. ;)
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby jacala » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:39 pm

I'm currently using a Boker Oil Pen. Very lightweight oil. Seems OK so far.
I put some on the pivot and use my finger to smear oil all over the blade.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Lonehunter » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:53 pm

TkoK83Spy wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:37 pm
Has anyone ever used Benchmade Blue Lube? It's the only thing I've used and seems to work pretty well. Interested in how it stacks up against the others from anybody with experience with it?
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby GiftedMisfit » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:09 pm

I've used plain old mineral oil for about a year now. Works pretty good. I have nothing to complain about.
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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby TomAiello » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:43 pm

I've used several different oils. I have trouble telling much difference. They're mostly good, with only a couple that gave me weird/bad results.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby Tucson Tom » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:31 pm

I have a case of SAE 20 non-detergent I bought for use with my lathe. I may as well use that since I have a supply for several lifetimes.

I typically use whatever I can just reach for at my workbench, which is currently either tri-flow or CLP. If I get some of that SAE 20 in a handy oiler I'll use that more often.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby soundshaman » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:15 am

I've tried all the nano oils that was at work, but I went back to using Balistol. It seems to work just fine on the blade and pivot. Nano works too but it's quite a bit more expensive and it doesn't come with a nice funky smell my trusty Balistol does. :D

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby ChrisinHove » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:52 am

Any oil is going to be just a tiny fraction of the cost of the knife.

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Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Postby standy99 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:35 am

Swear by this stuff
Cheaper than Nano and basically the same
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