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I've done some research on axe maintenance and it seems gun oil is the best lubricant for axes. However at approximately $10 for a 4oz. bottle cost becomes an issue if you get a lot of use out of your axe and oil it after ever day of use. Is a cheaper alternative like 5w-30 motor oil adequate?

I will note that if its ok to spraypaint my axe head, then the cost of using gunoil becomes cheaper since I don't need to oil the entire surface.

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It might be worth combining both your questions into one, as they are both about ways to protect and preserve your axe when not in use. – ChrisF Sep 14 '11 at 21:08
Why oil an axe I wonder? – sharptooth Sep 15 '11 at 7:36
Same reason yoou'd oil any sort of metal cutting instrument. To protect it from rust and the like. You oil pocket knives. – Justin Dearing Sep 15 '11 at 10:08
@Justin Dearing: Actually I don't - I just buy ones made of stainless steel and that's all. But practically how will oiling persist on the surface and not stain stuff around? – sharptooth Sep 16 '11 at 7:29
up vote 6 down vote accepted

I'd say almost any synthetic oil would work. I know people that use Mobile 1 Synthetic on their rifles.

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I'm going with Mobile1 – Justin Dearing Sep 16 '11 at 8:29

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