Jun 26, 2010

Surviving the Clinton/Bush/Obama economy

I am reminded this  morning that eternal vigilance is the price of avoiding poverty.

One of my knives needed a touch up, so I wet  down a hard Arkansas stone  with Buck Honing Oil  and did the job. (The high-grade oil showed up in a box of auction-sale junk. Trust me on this one, Sidney; I did not order it from Cabela's.)

The red oil from Buck works fine, At two bucks an ounce it should. Never mind that it looks like, smells like, and feels like plain automatic transmission fluid,  about two bucks a quart.

Now, saving a little on honing oil isn't going to make or break you, but there's a principle involved here. Illegitimati non screw u with salesmanship based on pure image. 

(Slaves to their own self-image can, of course, acquire an empty Buck Honing Oil bottle and fill it from their stock of transmission fluid. No one will be the wiser, even if knife sharpening is a social activity for you and your circle of friends.)

A disclaimer is necessary since everything I know about chemistry  comes from  The Anarchists Cook Book or Old Mr. Boston's Bartenders Guide. Maybe upscale honing oil in a cool bottle differs from ATF on a molecular level.

But then again, come to think of it, maybe neither is all that much better than spit.


Joel said...

Heh - in a shop where I used to work, people were always bringing me their knives for sharpening. I always treated the stones I kept in my toolbox with Marvel Mystery Oil. The actual reason was that it was the only oil I had (I used it with my air tools) but at the time I could spin a remarkable spiel about all the ways in which it was the very best oil for sharpening knives.

Jim said...

For years I have had an unopened gallon of Marvel Mystery Oil. I must be waiting for an occasion grand enough to open it. :)

I wonder what the mysterious secret ingredients are, other than red dye.