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browneu
March 8, 2013, 03:39 PM
I just got this as I started to get a few knives. I just have a simple question. Do I need to oil the blade to prevent rust? Will gun oil work?

Thanks

Eugene

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rcmodel
March 8, 2013, 03:56 PM
No, usually not on a Benchmade, depending on what type of steel it is.
Most of them are pretty corrosion resistant.

I wash mine under running water when it gets meat juice or tree sap on the blade.
Then wipe it off with a dish towel or my fingers.

You do need to oil the blade pivot / henge occasionally with a very small amount of oil.

I blow the pocket lint out of mine with compressed air occasionally as well.

rc

hmphargh
March 8, 2013, 04:03 PM
The knife pictured appears to be a Benchmade Barrage, the Barrage steel is M390, which is a "stain resistant" steel. You will probably want to keep it lightly oiled while carrying and for storage. Gun oil will work, but I would recommend using a food grade mineral oil if you plan on using it for food.

browneu
March 8, 2013, 04:06 PM
It is the barrage with the m390 steel. Thanks for the info.

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capcyclone
March 8, 2013, 06:28 PM
Right or wrong, I'm not sure, but I use Ballistol lightly on my knives and I've been happy with their appearance. It's non-toxic, so it shouldn't impair what the knife ends up touching (meat, otherwise).

USAF_Vet
March 9, 2013, 01:32 PM
I've got a Barrage, and it was lost for several months.
When I found it, it did have several tiny spots of rust.

A light coat of oil, and yes, gun oil is fine, should be all it needs.

Kingcreek
March 9, 2013, 02:27 PM
I've got knives worth from $8 to $1000 and I use the same can of renaisance wax I bought 15 years ago for nontoxic rust prevention and even fingerprint resistance.

Captains1911
March 9, 2013, 02:53 PM
I'll occasionally wipe mine down with Breakfree CLP or Slip 2000. My most used are S30V or 154CM steel, they don't really need it. Carbon steel knives like my Kabars will rust if I don't leave a light coat on them.

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