Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

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Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Fred Sanford » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:46 pm

Do you lube your knives that have no washers and/or liners?

Native 5 Lightweight, Dragonfly 2, Salt line, what do you do? You run 'em dry or you still oil them? My experience as of late has been that oiling them makes no difference at all, especially after you break 'em in. I think for now I will continue to not oil them as most plastics seem to have a little lubricity.

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Zive » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:01 pm

I only oil them if they are tool steels (or ZDP) and I want to protect them from corrosion. My experience has also been that lubricating them after a few weeks of break-in doesn’t do a whole lot to improve action.

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby VooDooChild » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:03 pm

Its the lockbar on tang action that can bother me if they sit for a long time.

I dont worry about the frn wearing out.

It is interesting though, there does seem to be less of a need to oil once broken in.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby cabfrank » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:19 pm

I have read that it unnecessary, and it is probably true. I still use a bit of Ballistol every now and then though, and it does make some difference.

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby JakeXman » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:28 pm

I use Boeshield T-9 on my one linerless salt, and that’s only because it’s somewhat waterproof and doesn’t wash off the lockbar interface as easily as some others. Running, sweating, and rinsing it daily does a number on that part. If I go more than a few months the lockbar starts to grip the tang and the action starts to feel almost gritty. I don’t feel that I need it on the FRN washers though.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Eliteone2383 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 pm

I oiled my caly 3.5. It's zdp though so it is mostly to prevent corrosion.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby S-3 ranch » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:46 pm

Usually hit my stuff with some fluid film , then wipe down, but I don’t have much SS

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby kobold » Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:29 pm

Sometimes it doesn't matter, because the blade actually hits the scales far from the pivot area. This is most pronounced during closing of the blade. It is about a year old Native 5 Salt.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby vivi » Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:52 pm

I use the same method on them as my others. Generous drop of mineral oil in the pivot, tap the bottom of the handle until the oil penetrates both sides of the pivot, cycle the action a few times then wipe off any excess oil.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Gtscotty » Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:29 pm

Hornady One Shot firearm dry lube! It's a fantastic corrosion inhibitor to boot.

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby wrdwrght » Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:11 pm

I put mineral oil on all pivots, regardless. Simple to remove gunk if/when it builds up.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Fred Sanford » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:33 pm

Good info. Thanks everyone. :)
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby araneae » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:02 pm

I use very little lube on my linerless FRN knives. Once they are broken in I don't think they need much.
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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby SpyderGrill » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:56 pm

A drop of mineral oil cant hurt anything

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Re: Lubricating knives with no liners and/or no washers

Postby Abyss_Fish » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:16 pm

I usually find it only makes the action worse to add oil. At least that’s the case with the 4ish frn natives and the one seki salt I’ve used 10 weight nano oil on.

I’m sure different oil formulas interact much differently with frn than others though so who knows. Sounds like work for larrin :D
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