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#1 posted 03-20-2013 02:56 AM

Paste wax or T-9 certainly isn’t going to hurt it. The paste wax for sure won’t gum it up, it’s practically a lubricant. Paste wax and then wipe down with a very lightly oiled rag with jojoba or camilia oil every time you replace the tool is what I hear the most for important tools. Regularly wiping is the real key. T-9 has people that swear by it, I think it’s meant to be a replacement for the wax, and supposedly buys you more leeway if you don’t wipe it down much with an oiled rag.

And if you really want to be careful, buy or make a storage bag or case for it so that it doesn’t rub up against other metal in your tool chest either. Something about two metal pieces sitting together and the electrons catalyzing the rust reaction. I think it’s called galvanic reaction or something, though that might not be the whole issue. Most of the high end woodworking suppliers sell storage bags for premium planes for this purpose for example.

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