Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review - Ballistol

So far, we've looked at different types of knives and bladed tools here on Knives Blog, but we haven't really looked at products that help you maintain your knives.

Apart from having a way to sharpen your blade, having a good cleaner/lubricant/protector (CLP) is essential to maintaining your knife, especially if you use it regularly. My favorite all-around CLP is Ballistol, and it has many more uses than just knife maintenance.

History

Ballistol was originally invented for military use in Germany in 1904. It's purpose was to maintain rifle parts and to protect wood stocks and leather. Since then, it's been very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and recently began growing in popularity in the United States.

The 16oz Non-Aerosol Bottle is my
preferred type of Ballistol.
Uses

Since Ballistol is a CLP, it will clean, lubricate and protect any metal components that it is applied to.

I like to use it to lubricate the hinges on folding knives, to allow for smooth opening. It's also great for protecting carbon steel blades to keep them from rusting. You can even use it to restore the sheen to a leather sheath.

Ballistol is popularly used as a firearm cleaner, as well. It dissolves carbon, copper, and other soft metals which makes it great for cleaning barrels. Unlike other oils, it stays where you put it, which makes it great for keeping your firearms rust-free.

Ballistol also comes in a smaller
6oz Aerosol Can.
I've also used Ballistol around the house. Just yesterday I cleaned a dirty spark plug from a weed-whacker that didn't want to start. It worked wonderfully. Because it stays where you put it, it's great for lubricating door hinges. There are just so many uses, and it works so well at what it does, that after you get it, you'll be wondering how you ever lived without it!

The only possible complaint that I think anyone can have about Ballistol is the odor. It has a strong odor that I have actually grown to like. To me, it smells like licorice. Other people can't stand it.

I have had headaches from using other cleaning products such as Breakfree CLP, but never with Ballistol. Ballistol is biodegradable and non-toxic, which can't be said for other cleaner, solvents or oils.

If this post hasn't convinced you to at least try this amazing product, Click HERE to read the "Amazing Story of Ballistol", a more detailed explanation of what Ballistol is and how it came to be.

Have any of you had any experience with Ballistol? If you have, let me know in the comments below.