Accessory Review

New from Emerson: Froglube Edition Commander

FrogLube Commander Mfg by Emerson Knives, INC.

I admit to being a Froglube CLP fanboy. It cleans and lubes as well as any petroleum-based gun treatment but is made from food grade ingredients. I can speak from experience that it protects my steel every bit as well as the testing video below the jump demonstrates.

The Emerson Commander was the 1999 Blade Show Knife of the Year. The Froglube Edition is a limited release, though I have been unable to locate a final number for the run. The knife is available through shop.froglube.com and retails for  $265.

Ironically, the blade is 154CM stainless and has a black finish, and thus would not require Froglube protection in all but the toughest conditions.

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Moisture beads off the Froglube on my Kim Breed

From AmmoLand.com:

Both FrogLube and Emerson Knives share their American manufacturing heritage, industry leading performance and direct connections to U.S. forces elite members for product design and performance. Each FrogLube Commander Edition knife is sequentially numbered and limited in supply and comes with a package of FrogLube cleaner, lubricant, preservative to ensure life long performance. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity; supplies are extremely limited and once they’re gone, there will be no more.

While I am not in the market for this particular knife, I use Froglube for all of my firearm CLP needs, and when carrying a carbon steel blade in the Tennessee summer to protect my blades.  A knife carried close to the body will pick up both condensation moisture and sweat. Untreated, the IWB-carried Kim Breed can start to corrode quickly. Same goes for the Caleb White Penance.

I try to keep a light coating of Froglube on my Breed in the summer. Moisture inevitably builds up, but the CLP keeps the moisture beading off. I wipe the knife down with a paper towel that I keep impregnated with Froglube and leave it next to the sheath until morning (to allow moisture to evaporate from the kydex).

I know it seems like a hassle, but it is just what needs to be done.

The alternative is to hide a blade away in a climate controlled environment – which is a crime against karma for all but the most collectible blades. Even denying a knife its destiny isn’t always enough as our friend Will Wood’s describes in Ask a Knifemaker: The Truth About Rust.

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