Tallow and Graphite
It's what the manual says to use. I mean, if you're going to be archaic enough to cast letterpress printing type in the first place, why stop when the manual says you should formulate your own lubricants out of mutton tallow? It doesn't require you to kill the sheep yourself, after all!
[NOT DONE] Acheson Deflocculated Graphite (DAG) in a grease. It's the alternative given in the manual. You can't buy it anymore; these are some notes on what it was.
[NOT DONE] The manual does say not to use oil, which isn't to say that people don't use it.
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