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mineral oil and bone

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by lobo9er, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    soaking an old "West-cut" knife in mineral oil. Has some hair line cracks in its bone handle I have read this can help. Any tips or warnings?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Not if you already did it.

    If you did it, I would have suggested stabilizing the cracks with a CA (Cyanoacrylate) adhesive like Hot Stuff.
    After it cures instantly, you can buff off the excess and the cracks will be permanently repaired, if not invisible.


    If it is already oil soaked, it probably wouldn't suck down in the cracks, or stick if it did.

  3. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    yeah its waist deep. how bad a move was it? I read it was good to soak bone handles once year if you carry it in mineral oil.
  4. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Mineral oil is good for wood and antler. If you're trying to repair, instead of prevent, though...
  5. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    it is prevention. its solid. I miss spoke also its a stag or antler.
  6. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Some folks smooth epoxy into horn handles, lightly sand with fine paper, then follow with mineral oil. Mineral oil is a good choice on most organic handle materials. I actually use 1/4 CLP and 3/4 mineral oil for most of my knife and gun lubrication needs.
  7. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    jshirley, for stocks and handles or lubricating actions on your guns? It worked great on the handle, maybe just sugar pill affect but the handle did seem to "plump" up a little as was described by someone on another website. Soaking it in. It at least looks hydrated. I actually have never heard of mineral oil before or have and not taken much notice. Is it good for storing your blades? Not super long term but for a month or so before being wiped down again?
  8. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    I use it on knives and guns. Mineral oil won't adhere to metal the way some more modern lubes will, but if you wipe down your weapons reasonably regulalrly, it works well, and is dirt cheap (baby oil).

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