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Silicone Grease Alternative?

eyedropper pilot parallel silicone grease converter ink pen

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#101 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 13:01

No, I've seen pictures of paraffin, and it was thick (a surprise) and not kerosene.

Perhaps it has been thickened to a grease.

 

All I have is mineral oil which is thin. I plan to get British paraffin before I start recorking pens.

It is not rubbed on the pen, the fitted cork is boiled in a very small tin on the stove; a mixture of 1/2 I think, paraffin and bees wax, before putting it on the piston. Then slather it with 100% pure silicon grease.


Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 15 February 2017 - 13:02.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 14:34

In the US paraffin wax is used for candles and sealing jam.  What the UK calls paraffin oil we call lamp oil.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 15:15

I use silicone that I acquired from a watchmakers' supplier that is meant for watch gaskets.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 15:28

Any plumbers or hardware store should see you ok for silicone grease or you can buy small tins on ebay or from these guys maybe I would not use anything else tbh.

http://www.indy-pen-...one-Grease.html

 

I looked for silicone grease in my friendly local Lowes' (and my friendly local Home Depot) -- the stuff they were selling was NOT 100% silicone.  I even looked into a local plumbing supply, but they couldn't tell me for sure that the stuff they were selling was 100% silicone -- even AFTER contacting the place they were ordering from.

I bought my container of silicone grease several years ago from Goulet Pens.  I've used it a bit, but still have most of the container (and Ron has assured me that I was using *way* too much per application).  I suspect that getting some from any reputable pen dealer/pen repair place (like GPC, or from Ron, or Indy-Pen-Dance, or wherever) is the safest option.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 18:59

Good to know Ron, but it's easier for me in Germany to get it from England....come the day. :) 

Could even look around in Germany....not that I expect to find any.


German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 15:46

Would White Lithium grease work as well?  I'm just curious because I happen to have that on-hand.


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 17:48

About as well as (as Bruce Barge used to put it) hydrogenated yack squeeze.

 

Lithium grease contains petroleum products, so not recommended. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 05:09

About as well as (as Bruce Barge used to put it) hydrogenated yack squeeze.

 

Lithium grease contains petroleum products, so not recommended. 

 

Where can I get hydrogenated yack squeeze these days? I've been looking for it and none of the pen stores or on-line vendors seem to have any :sick: .


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:32

 
Where can I get hydrogenated yack squeeze these days? I've been looking for it and none of the pen stores or on-line vendors seem to have any :sick: .


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