Time for a FrogLube Test update. It’s been 4 weeks since I treated a Queen Country Cousin with a D2 blade and left it outside on my picnic table.
Per the FrogLube instructions, I degreased the blade and removed all of the original petroleum based lubes, warmed the knife slightly with a hair dryer and applied a single coat of FrogLube. Since I left it outside, we’ve had temps above freezing, below zero, fog, snow, sunshine and everything in between. I checked it out 2 weeks ago to see if there were any signs of rust or corrosion and wiped the blade off with my fingers.
Everything looked good so I laid it back in the snow and left it there for 2 more weeks. This morning, I ‘dug’ it out and here’s what it looks like.
And here’s what it looks like after a month in the elements. Remember, you’re looking at a D2 Carbon steel blade, not a stainless steel. It’s been laying in about as damp an environment as you can imagine.
There was a bit of light staining on the tang where it appears I didn’t get any lube and a spot at the base of the blade just above the grind and to the right of the tang stamp.
Most of the spot rubbed off with just finger pressure as did most of the staining near the pivot.
When I wipe down the blade with my fingers, I can still feel the presence of the FrogLube. It’s not a greasy or oily feel, but more like a metal surface that’s been waxed.
Being a long time fan of D2 steel, the combination of the steel with a treatment of FrogLube seems to be a pretty tough combination to beat for protection. I was already convinced of the FrogLube cleaning and lube properties, and this seems to prove its claim as an effective all around CLP.
I think it was John and/or Syd made comments that it seemed a bit expensive until they realized how little you used. Dave and I discussed the cost as well and we agreed for the amount used, it’s a bargain. The knife pictured was treated with a grand total of 2 drops of the liquid. I’m not sharp enough to break down the actual cost to treat a single knife, but it’s pretty darned cheap considering the amount used and the results.
The Trestle Pine Buddy I use (1095 blade) got the FrogLube treatment but I haven’t used the knife recently. That’s my camping knife and I’m anxious to see how the FrogLube holds up after a couple days in the outdoors, cutting, cleaning fish and constant moisture exposure. The real test of any protectant is how well it’ll continue to protect after the blade is actually used for extensive cutting. For now, I’m impressed.
You know what…. let’s throw it back out in the snow a little longer with the blade partially opened. Just for the record, no more FrogLube, I wiped the knife down with both a dry cloth and my fingers.