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Top Five Reasons You MUST Try Bur-Life®!

Apr 19, 2012

For decades, Rio’s exclusive Bur-Life® has been the tool lubricant of choice for bench jewelers. If you haven’t tried this jeweler’s staple on saw blades, burs, files and other cutting tools, here are five reasons why you must have it at your bench!

    1. Bur-Life® is so COOL…Because it’s Attracted by HEAT. Where other lubricants are repelled by the heat caused by friction, Bur-Life® actually digs the heat, and is drawn closer to the point of contact to give you more control and a better, more precise cutting finish.
    2. Your Cutting Tools Will Love You For It. In essence, when you use Bur-Life®, it’s like you’re adding a coat of tiny ball-bearings to your cutting tools. The edges of your blades are protected from friction while they’re doing their job (and doing their job faster, mind you). This protection means your tools get to stay sharp and hang out at your bench much longer.
    3. Safe. Non-toxic, non-staining, odorless, washes off easily, leaves no residue when heated and contains no animal products. Whew!
    4. Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. Rio introduced Bur-Life®, the original tool lubricant, more than 30 years ago. Since then, many tool lubricants have flattered Bur-Life by trying to perform with the same efficiency and effectiveness. Graciously, we’ll take the flattery; humbly, we gotta say, this stuff is the bomb!

And finally, the #1 reason you must try Bur-Life®, It's Everything to Everyone. This talented little staple is available in three formulas:

The Original Bur-Life® (stick or bench-mount cartridges), for when you need just to cover your cutting edge.
Paste Bur-Life® for those tasks where surfaces require a complete coating
Liquid Bur-Life® for penetrating complex or porous surfaces that may be difficult to coat.

Need all three? Well of course there’s always the Bur-Life kit! And all Bur-Life products are made with pride, right here in the USA.

And 1 more reason for good measure:  Read what your fellow jewelers think about Bur-Life and, after you’ve tried it, write a review and tell us what you think!

Happy cutting, sawing, filing…

Comments (4)
  1. Ever hear of the expression “ All that with butter on top” ? Well this is like the butter.
    But it’s not just great for the tools Shelby mentioned above. I was actually using it this weekend on a wood working project. When ever I have to drill long screws into some 2x4s I will take my little tube of Bur Life and run my screws through it. The Bur Life lubes the screws and makes them go in much easier and faster.
    Next time you go to drive a long screw into something, give it a try.

    Mark Nelson
    Rio Grande Technical Support

  2. I bought the stick bur life and it was great for the first couple of weeks but now it’s all dried out, powdery and flakey. Is this normal? Is there something I can add to it to make it moist and smooth again?

  3. Hey Anne! Sorry you experienced this. I spoke with Mark Nelson and he said that if you leave it out for a long time with the cap off, some drying and flaking on just the top could happen. They don’t know of any way to rehydrate, but recommend that you give us a call (800.545.6566) to replace it for ya! Make sure to keep that cap on when you’re not using it :)

  4. Thanks! That was an unexpected reply! I did leave the lid on but perhaps it’s not air tight enough. I’ll keep the new one in a ziplock bag just to be on the safe side :)

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