There are essentially two types of Sperm whale oil. That which is used for lubrication of fine machinery, including guns, comes from head cavities & comes out as a liquid. The rest is rendered from the Blubber. This was primarily used as illuminating oil in the days of the sperm oils & is not suitable as a fine lubricant. That Golden colored oil may well be the rendered oil if so do not use it for fine lubrication. The head oil is also known as Cachalot oil which is I believe French for the sperm whale. I have a pre-1900 bottle, empty, made for the Weed Sewing machine company marked Pure Cachalot Oil.
It was said a large sperm whale could contain FM 350-00 gallons of the good stuff, from the head cavities. The lower laity rendered from the blubber was many times this amount.
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