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Product Updates GEC, FrogLube, Ballistol

I had a couple of product updates I wanted to pass on this morning.  The first is the recent Northfield Bull Moose in Antique Amber Jigged Bone that came in yesterday.

#81 Bull Moose Amber Jigged Bone

The color of the bone on this one just rally caught my eye.  It has a nice, soft, traditional used bone look to it.  Great looking knife.  There are a couple more Northfield’s to come, in fact, I’m anticipating another later today.

A couple other product updates concern the Ballistol and FrogLube.  I apologize that I ran out of the 4 oz liquid FrogLube and 4 oz liquid and 6 oz aerosol Ballistol.  I sell quite a bit of both products at gun shows and end up forgetting to delete it from the online inventory.  Several of you have tried to place orders and I’m glad to let you know it’s either in stock or on it’s way.  The Ballistol order came in yesterday and the FrogLube should be back in stock later this week or the first of next.

It’s interesting that at the local shows I have people look me up to buy the Ballistol in particular.  The FrogLube is a little more widely available but the shooters say they have a hard time finding the Ballistol.  Both are outstanding products and once folks try them, they tend to continue using them.

Personally, I like using the Ballistol for cleaning both guns and knives.  It’s great for flushing out dirty pivots on folding knives, especially older knives in need of a good cleaning.  I use it as a lubricant for some of my guns, but I really like the FrogLube for my knife blades and firearm internal parts.  The great thing is both products are environmentally friendly and won’t harm leather and wood products.

Tell ya what.  If you’ve never used the Ballistol I’ll gladly give you a free sample of their wipes with your next online store order.  Just put a note in the comment section to include a Free Ballsitol Sample.  I’ll extend this offer through the end of the week. 11.12.17.

 

Beer Scouts & Frog Lube notes

Most of you are aware the Beer Barrel Oak Beer Scouts arrived last week.  I was curious to see what they looked like.  My concern was that it might be a dark, muddy looking oak.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the more attractive ‘basic’ wood handles GEC has offered in a while.

GEC Beer Barrel Oak, Beer Scout
GEC Beer Barrel Oak, Beer Scout

It’s a nicely colored wood with some well defined grain.  Actually, it’s probably one of my favorite handle options.  I have a good supply of them on hand.

I’ve had a couple of inquiries recently about Frog Lube and how to use it.  It’s pretty straight forward, but the most effective application is as follows.

Using a mild non-oil based solvent, such as Slip 2000’s 725 Gun Cleaner/Degreaser, a mild mixture of dish soap and water, acetone, etc.  My only caution is to avoid getting some of the more aggressive solvents on the handle material.  I prefer the Slip 2000 or a bit of dish soap in water as these are about as user friendly as you can get.  Cleaning all of the petroleum based oil off from the metal allows better adherence of the Frog Lube to the surface.  It’s worth the time and effort.

I recommend warming the metal slight with a hair dryer or letting the knife lay in a warm or sunny area.  Once the metal feels a bit warmer then room temperature, simply wipe a light coat of Frog Lube over the entire metal surface.  Allow it to dry for a half hour and wipe off any excess lube.  A nice feature of the Frog Lube is if you get it on a wood, bone or horn handle…no problem.

Once you’ve done the initial ‘cleanup’, any further reapplication is just a matter of wiping the surface with a light coat of Frog Lube.  Just like you’d do with a petroleum based oil.  You’ll be glad you took the extra step of cleaning the oil off from the blade to begin with as it’ll allow for much better adherence of the Frog Lube.

I’ve been using it for about a year now and am still convinced it’s one of the best CLP type products I’ve used.  I’m on my original bottle and I use a LOT of it on my guns and knives!

The question might arise, does this mean I’ve abandoned my use of the Ballistol?  Nope!  I really like the Ballistol for cleaning and flushing hard to reach spots.  It’s a thinner consistency then the Frog Lube and flows better.  If I get a knife that feels gritty when I open it, the Ballistol does a great job of penetrating and flushing away any gunk.  I also find it works great for a bore scrubber if you’re a shooter.

Both the Ballistol and the Frog Lube are environmentally friendly.  If you don’t like the smell of some of the lubes out there, try the Frog Lube.  Works great, smells minty.

 

Ballistol Oil review

I recently had an opportunity to get re-introduced to an old product, Ballistol Multi Purpose Sportsman’s Oil.  Many years ago when I first started hunting and fishing, we always had a can around the garage that I used as a multipurpose lube on everything that needed a fine grade of lubricant.

Over the years, I followed the trends of the ‘new and improved’ wonder lubes (finally settling on RemOil) and the Ballistol fell by the wayside.  In fact, I completely forgot about it until a friend gave me a can to use at a gun show this past winter.  I also forgot about it’s application as a bore ‘cleaner’ and cleaning agent when mixed with a bit of water.  Since then, I’ve been using it on my guns, knives, door hinges etc.

It’s a non-petroleum product that’s bio-degradable, contains no carcinogens and emulsifies in water.  More importantly (from a practical standpoint), it won’t gum up.  This is a major consideration when you’re using it on guns and the moving parts of your knives.

Ballistol has all the lubricating properties of any other oil, but what I’ve found interesting is that you can also use it on leather and wood.  It will darken leather and no doubt will have a darkening effect on wood.  I definitely would NOT recommend using it on suede.  Another caution that applying any time of oil to leather will keep it soft and supple but will also allow the leather to stretch.  I applied it to half of an older Case sheath and you can see a slight darkening where the pen is pointing.

DSCN3583Another application I haven’t tried is inside of the the sheath.  If there’s tannic acid present, Ballistol will bond with it and prevent interactions with metal.  I have an old Buck 110 that spends most of it’s time in the sheath and once or twice a year I have to clean up the brass where it’s turned green.  Interested to see how it works with the Ballistol.

It also works to polish brass and silver.  I took an old round of 50 cal. and polished the neck of the cartridge to see how it worked and sure ’nuff, the Ballistol did a nice job of cleaning it up.  Not as aggressive as Brasso, but worked fine and left a lightly lubed surface.

DSCN3582The fact Ballistol emulsifies in water has some great benefits.  The first being you can use it on a wet metal surface and when the water evaporates, the Ballistol will still be on the metal.  Second, use it as a lube on your oil stones for sharpening your knives and you’ll find your stones are much easier to clean with a little soap and water.  If you’re a black powder shooter, it works great as a solvent and lube.

Ballistol has a great website listing all kinds of uses and application that are well worth reading:  Ballistol Uses . There’s also some interesting reading on the site about the development of Ballistol and a brief history.

I had a reader email me about an experience with corrosion occurring on brass liners after using Ballistol in his knife.  I haven’t encountered any issues and a little research on the net didn’t reveal any similar incidents so while I’m not discounting his experience, I wonder if there were other factors involved.

My experiences past and present have been outstanding.  It has the characteristics of a penetrating oil and flows into joints, working fantastic to flush and lube pivot pins working it’s way into hard to reach places.  Otherwise, I wipe down my blades and guns with a light coat for long term storage.

I’m carrying Ballistol in the store in Aerosol, non-aerosol and pre-lubed wiping pads.  If you’d like to give it a try, I have a limited number of samples available.  Add a note to your next order and I’ll include one of the wiping pads with your order while supplies last.