Weekly Update 1.29.16 FrogLube Test and GEC 47’s

The FrogLube test is over,  GEC 47’s continue to arrive and we should see the Vipers start to arrive in a matter of days.  One note on the Vipers is there’s going to be a delay in the new Brown Snakeskin acrylic Tidioutes.  There’s been a delay in shipping on the handle material so it sounds like it will be a while before that one’s available.

Knife sales continue strong.  I’ve added a few knives to the storefront picked up from collections and will keep trying to add more.  Yesterday I completed the purchase of an incredibly nice lot of older GEC’s including some Sunfish and early Burnt and Genuine Stag 23’s.  Have patience, I’ll get them in the store when they arrive.

I received confirmation this week that it’s going to be late February before the Trestle Pine Knives Barlow will ship.  Late January was the initial target date, but….. that’s the way it goes sometimes.  On a positive note, I received some of the Trestle Pine Buddy’s that I had made using some of the Double Dyed Box Elder, Black Ash Burl and Koa wood that will be used on the upcoming Barlow.  This at last gives you a bit of a preview of things to come!

Trestle Pine Buddy Double Dyed Box Elder, Black Ash and Koa Wood
Trestle Pine Buddy Double Dyed Box Elder, Black Ash and Koa Wood

We’ve had incredibly nice weather up here with the exception of a few subzero days.  Everything considered, it’s been a fantastic winter.  Which leads me to the conclusion of the FrogLube test.

This morning, I checked on the Queen Country Cousin that’s been laying on my picnic table, exposed to the elements since December 14.

Queen Country Cousin forgotten and neglected.
Queen Country Cousin forgotten and neglected.

If you’ve followed the conversation, I treated the blade with FrogLube back in mid December and left the knife stuck in the snow on my picnic table.  I checked on the knife a couple of times, wiped the blade with my fingers and laid it back outside.


After 6 weeks in the snow and wet, not much for signs of metal deterioration.  If you look at the base of the blade, you can see just a slight bit oxidation starting to occur.


But amazingly, when I wiped it off with a dry cloth, most of the oxidation was superficial and cleaned up quite well.


The only other signs of ‘deterioration’ was a bit of discoloration on the brass surfaces.  I’m not sure that’s even worth mentioning as brass loves to tarnish with just a fingerprint that doesn’t get wiped off.


The knife has been in the house for about an hour and I’ve thoroughly wiped it off with a dry cloth and my fingers.  You can still feel the presence of the FrogLube on the blade which I find unbelievable.  Every time I’ve checked the knife out, I made a point of wiping the blade dry, using my fingers and a cloth yet there’s still a very obvious protective coating of  FrogLube.

I’ve only put a few rounds through one of my 9mm’s that I Frogged but the cleanup was easier then ever and after cleaning, you could feel the FrogLube presence on it as well.  Pretty neat that you can use the same cleaning product that you use as a lube.  Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different CLP’s but I’m convinced, FrogLube is one of the best products I’ve ever used.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Update 1.29.16 FrogLube Test and GEC 47’s

  1. After a full month now of using a tool steel, non-stainless knife as my only knife for all cutting needs, including kitchen and table use, this FrogLube treated knife still shows no sign of developing any kind of patina or discoloration and appears as it came out of the box a bit over a month ago. Same results as Greg obtained on his test knife.

  2. I know the official test is over, but I just wanted to share that I got a Bear & Son Small Trapper today with 1095 steel blades, (on sale at the local Ace). I immediately put a good coating of Frog Lube on it, so we’ll see how it fairs having been treated with FL from day one. As has been my practice with FL I heated up the knife with a hair dryer first, and the FL flowed down into the joints very quickly. I don’t usually buy new non-SS knives, but since I got a deal on this one I thought I would give it a try. I remember buying carbon Schrades back in the 60’s & 70’s & recall how they developed patina almost instantly with daily use…of course we didn’t have Frog Lube back then.
    I’m going to consider this little knife as a test subject of my own, so I will just treat it with FL this one time and see how it looks after a month in my pocket, (good as new I suspect).

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