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What oil is best for short/long term razor storage?

Postby brothers » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:34 am

I've used Hoppe's gun oil, and since that ran out, I've used a few drops of WD-40, but it's not oil. Now I've got a full unopened quart of military surplus LSA (Lubricant-Small Arms) I've been intending to use. What are your thoughts regarding the regular use of this on my razors, or is there something better? If LSA's not going to work, I need to know why not? Will it hurt the razors?
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Postby EL Alamein » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:45 am

Vaseline. It provides a seal against moisture and thus corrosion. It pretty much seals out everything. It doesn't react with the metal and it stays on forever. This is how I store the few razors I have in long term storage and it works flawlessly.

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Postby Squire » Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:22 am

Remington Gun oil, but I expect most any brand would do, that's just what I happen to have.
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Postby paddy » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:09 am

given that there are some unused razors that have survived from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s until now in perfect mint condition and with the application of no oil or vaseline, is the application of oil necessary or desirable to preserve a razor?
Remember: this is all just wasted time and lives talking nonsense to strangers about pieces of metal, hair and chemical compounds.
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Postby Squire » Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:24 am

Not always Paddy, but I live in a hot, humid climate and things rust here.
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Postby Short Round » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:27 pm

Old school patrolman's trick was to put car wax or clear shoe polish on his blued revolver. Put it on and buff it off.

Ok, I'm a 15 year LEO but a non straight owning peruser of this subforum.
yeah and I'm too young to have ever been issued a blued S&W. :oops: not by that much though.
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Postby Tim Zowada » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:33 pm

I like Ballistol.
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Re: What oil is best for short/long term razor storage?

Postby brothers » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:49 pm

brothers wrote:I've used Hoppe's gun oil, and since that ran out, I've used a few drops of WD-40, but it's not oil. Now I've got a full unopened quart of military surplus LSA (Lubricant-Small Arms) I've been intending to use. What are your thoughts regarding the regular use of this on my razors, or is there something better? If LSA's not going to work, I need to know why not? Will it hurt the razors?


I appreciate the advice guys. It's been two years now, and the LSA seems to be working quite weil on my razors. Some are in a regular rotation, and some are in long term storage. I have one that sat for about a year and a half with the LSA on it, and it wiped right off and had done it's job well.
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Re: What oil is best for short/long term razor storage?

Postby Adley_8 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:58 am

Thanks for the post!
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Postby pundi64 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:01 pm

Squire wrote:Not always Paddy, but I live in a hot, humid climate and things rust here.


Yes same where I live, in Thailand :(
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Re: What oil is best for short/long term razor storage?

Postby brothers » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:03 am

brothers wrote:
brothers wrote:I've used Hoppe's gun oil, and since that ran out, I've used a few drops of WD-40, but it's not oil. Now I've got a full unopened quart of military surplus LSA (Lubricant-Small Arms) I've been intending to use. What are your thoughts regarding the regular use of this on my razors, or is there something better? If LSA's not going to work, I need to know why not? Will it hurt the razors?


I appreciate the advice guys. It's been two years now, and the LSA seems to be working quite weil on all of my razors. Some are in a regular rotation, and some are in long term storage. I have one that sat for about a year and a half with the LSA on it, and it wiped right off and had done it's job well.


Following up after yet another two years has flown by. The LSA still works great after 4 years and a straight razor rotation of about 14 of my favorite razors. As I posted earlier, I bought a full unused quart of it and I've only used an ounce or so. It'll last far beyond my active shaving days.
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