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I've been watching farrier videos and notice almost all farriers dip their nail hole punches in some kind of lube each and every time they punch a hole.  I cannot see what they are using or get someone to tell me what the lube is made of.  Does anyone know?  

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Did you search "punch lube site:iforgeiron.com" on your browser's search function?

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Are you talking about Plumbago and graphite?  I did see anything about farriers using either one of these materials.  Is it mixed with something to make a paste?  

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No I'm talking of over a dozen different lube mixtures described in various threads you get when you search on what I posted.

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Pine tar, petrolatum, and paraffin, I believe. 

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Moly Lube and Graphite works. CV Joint grease is heavy in Moly (that is what makes it Black and sticks like glue). Scale from around the base of your Anvil works well too!! I don't think it matters too much which you use, try to stop the punch from sticking. Use your big boy Hammer, tap it on the outside side of where the punch is to spring the punch free. Tap means, hit it like it owes you money!!

Neil

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My punch lube is beeswax and graphite powder, purchased as seed lubricant from the local John Deere dealer.

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