Originally Posted by marc29th
I've been a rev war reenactor for almost 20 years. And olive oil will protect the steel parts of your musket. It's what they used in the 18th century and what I use today.
here is the thing about using sperm/whale oil ad olive oil
although traditonally used for the sole purpose of keeping everything accurate to the era these types of oils are not the best thing to use as a metal lubricant due to they contain amino and fatty acids which are the same thing that causes a rusty thumb print on a piece of metal after it has been touched and not cleaned off. sperm oil contained salt so that makes it even worse to use than olive oil but here is the point I am trying to make, why would anyone put a substance on a very expensive piece of equipment when it can potentally damage the piece when there is other types of protectant lubricants specifically designed to protect the metal and not damage it for the same price if not less exensive in many instances.
i dont think anyone would not give a crap whether a revolutionary war or civil war reinactor was not being historically accurate by using petrol based lubricants and not other types of oilsthat can potentally cause the very thing they are trying to prevent.
this is one of those things we need to come out from the dark ages about just for the sake of being historically accurate
I just cant seem to get my head wrapped around this.
am I the only person who sees the logic in this or am I all alone here?
another thing about using olive oil It can cause wood to rot faster than petrol based lubes due to the ingredients
just something else to think about why it is no longer used in this modern age.