Not sure how many of you remember these pictures of the start of the FrogLube Test from December 14, 1015. ….. This is a much abused Queen Country Cousin that’s been used hard and put away wet more then a few times. The blade steel is D2 which I’ll admit is more stain/rust resistant than 1095, but none the less, will rust.
I put this well used EDC knife outside in the edge of my picnic table on December 14, 2015 after I’d treated it with FrogLube. Per the recommendations, I cleaned the blade with a degreaser, warmed the blade and applied a very light coat of the FrogLube allowing it to dry for about 1/2 hour before leaving it outside. That was nearly 2 weeks ago.
In the mean time, we’ve had rain, snow, fog, warm, cold, sun, clouds and everything in between for weather. This morning I decided it was time to see how much damage (if any had occurred).
Three or four times while the knife was outside, I wiped the blades with my fingers to see if you could still feel the presents of any lube on the blade. While the blade wasn’t oily, the blade had a smooth, slick feel to it like it had been waxed.
Here’s what it looks like today.
There’s still a smooth, dry waxed feeling on the blade and no sign of any rust or staining on the blade. The only sign of any metal deterioration is behind the tang at the pivot, which I didn’t lube. All I did was wipe down the exposed blade.
While I’ll admit this FrogLube Test isn’t scientific nor was a control of any kind used for comparison, I’m pretty impressed. Two weeks stuck in a table top in the elements with no sign of rusting is pretty damned good in my estimation.
To continue the test, I’m going to lay it down on the table, in the snow and we’ll see how things look in a few more weeks or months. I’m not going to reapply any more of the FrogLube and all I’ve done is wipe down the blade with a dry cloth. In fact, I’m tempted to leave it out there until Spring just to see what happens. At the very least, we’ll get to see just how tough Queen’s D2 is!
So here we go! Let’s see what a little more time will do to things!!