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Weekly Update 11.17.17

The big news for me in this weekly update is the article in Messermagazin.   It was great to have it coincide with the release of the Trestle Pine Gunflint.  I think I have some of each handle option listed in the store now and have been trying to fill in as knives have sold.  So far, I’ve only carried one for a few days and I like it.  Next week I’ll post a few more details and first impressions of the Gunflint.

Trestle Pine Gunflint Hawaiian Mango

The last of the GEC 81 Bull Moose came through this week and the Stag should wind up the run.  This seems to be one of the more popular ‘new’ releases from GEC in a while.  I know it was one of my recent favorites.  The size and feel just all seemed right.  Now we wait till the first of the year for the new #43 Oregon.  Just looking at the specs and initial drawings, I have a feeling that’s gonna be a good one.

And I finally there’s more 4 oz Frog Lube in stock.  There was a minor glitch.  I had put together an online order and failed to hit ‘submit’ order.  That doesn’t work.  While I’m on the subject of oil/lubes, I have a few samples of the Ballistol left.  I’ve been sending samples with orders if someone requests one so don’t hesitate to ask.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and there will be a gun show at the Moorhead, MN National Guard Armory Friday from 4-8PM and Saturday from 9-5.  I’ll have a full assortment of the Trestle Pine Gunflints with me so it’s a great time to check them out if you’re in the area.  Sounds like the weather will be nice so great opportunity to take a drive and drop in!

 

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.