My husband gets really into our new purchases when we first make them. He feels that the first couple weeks you own anything defines how well it will work for the remainder of the time you use it. While he’s right when it comes to electronics or vehicles, it can get a little concerning when he applies the same theory to a new knife set.
His precautions at the beginning of ownership have definitely made our outboard engine last much longer than some of my friends. I think my friends have had to replace their engines at least once each since we first bought ours. When our friends ask him how he does it, he just says he uses Evinrude XD 50 oil. I don’t think he wants to give up his maintenance routine.