View Full Version : Viceroy Sharpedge Honing Oil

Ian B
12-14-2014, 03:00 PM
I just bought myself a used one of these: http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/shop/denford-viceroy-16-sharpedge-grinder-3ph-80200766/

I know it looks like Fred Flintstone's record player, and I know it's for w%&*working, but it grinds steel chisels, so I figured it was a fair topic.

It has a 16" diameter wheel made of Aloxite, running at 110 rpm. It works with a constant shower of honing oil flooding the wheel.

The manufacturers recommend their own "TDS 107 anti-bacterial honing oil". Sadly, they no longer make it anymore.

Could anyone recommend an alternative oil? Either a commercial product, or a hocus-pocus recipe handed down through the generations?



12-14-2014, 03:28 PM
I doubt that the oil is critical.
I would try 10 weight non detergent motor oil.

12-14-2014, 03:33 PM
Try this.

J. Randall
12-15-2014, 12:04 AM
If it was mine, I would probably grab the nearest quart of ATF and try that, not saying that is correct, but I bet it would work fine.

12-15-2014, 12:48 AM
Hi Ian
Here is a thread by Alistair Hosie on another forum about this grinder:

Ian B
12-16-2014, 11:56 AM
Thanks all,

A lot of people simply seem to mix mineral oil with mineral spirits, but I also saw reference to ATF being used. I just wasn't sure if the mix had to contain any sulphur, as some cutting oils do. I'll probably go with the mineral oil / spirit mix, see how that does.


Alistair Hosie
12-16-2014, 03:41 PM
I still have mine it is truly a great machine/tool.It gives hand planer blades and hand chisel blades a truly razor sharp cutting edge such as I have never witnessed with any other method.If you get offered one and have the room jump on it.When I bought mine it was advertised without a pump or motor.When I got it home it was all there underneath.It can be a slight nuisance if you haven't used it for a while getting it primed so that the oil comes readily to the surface. Have fun! and oh also mine had a viceroy fibreglass close fitting lid which keeps all nice and clean when not in use saw dust or any dust is not it's best friend.the oil type is nota serious problem car oil will also work just anything that has lubricating properties.Alistair