I have mentioned my fondness for Froglube CLP in the past. I haven’t bothered to do a controlled test of the stuff for TTAK, because it has been documented so thoroughly here. I just have anecdotal evidence myself, and this latest case is about as strong of an endorsement I can give.
A couple of weeks back I left my Caleb White Penance on my waders which were in turn left in the back of my truck after use (under a toneau cover) until a few days ago. When I discovered that I had neglected to remove them I had a brief moment of panic when I noticed the Penance clipped to the belt. There was rust on the screws of the sheath, and a little on the handle. I cringed as I drew it from the sheath.
This situation was a potential disaster as the Penance’s blade is 1095 carbon steel. As Will Woods has described in detail, the South can be hard on steel. Especially if you put it up wet. I had treated the blade with Froglube paste the week prior, but I had wiped the blade before cutting a tomato at lunch.Turns out I needn’t have worried. I had taken the extra step of heating the blade so the CLP was drawn into the blade as it cooled. The Froglube was in the pores of the steel, even after the surface is wiped. There was a bit of minor surface corrosion, and I really do mean minor. The worst was actually the spot I had seen on the handle, which makes sense as I hadn’t applied much CLP for the simple reason that I didn’t want to make the grip slippery. I was able to clean all signs of corrosion from the blade, and all but the most minor of blemishes to the exposed steel tang. I did this with a piece of aluminum foil and Tormek honing paste. This paste is impregnated with fine grit and is meant to be used on the leather honing wheel of a Tormek Sharpening System. It works great as a low-abrasive steel cleaner as well. Of course I removed the patina I had been cultivating, but the blade’s beautiful hamon line remained vivid. It’ll come back with use. I cannot speak highly enough of Froglube. It has my highest (and completely uncompensated) endorsement. The stuff does an outstanding job of protecting my tools, from knives to my tablesaw.
It also does a great job cleaning and protecting firearms by the way. I am working on the full review of the Penance this week, looking like I will be publishing it on Cyber Monday.