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Best Stock for Making Balance Staff

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Hello,
what kind of oil do you use? And is it usable more than once, must be messy of charcoal after one use?
Frank
I use thin machine oil, ISO 10. It stays in a 250ml beaker, and gets used over and over. At some point a thick layer of charcoal is formed at the bottom, so I pour the oil off into another beaker and top it up.

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Thank you, I will surely try it.

Why I prefer the method that I mentioned above (water hardened, tempered to light blue stock): easy cutting on the lathe, has just the right strength and most of all: no danger to get a distorted staff after quenching - a slight bend can make hours of work worthless.

Frank

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