Breakthrough Clean partners with Hoback Knives on new Knife Maintenance Kit

I admit that I use an assortment of products to clean and protect my knives, but I am yet to find “the one” that I am ready to call the best out there. That is why I am excited to hopefully get a sample kit of a new knife oil produced in a partnership between Breakthrough Clean (an aerospace lubricant company) and Hoback Knives. Their new F23 knife oil is purported to be specifically designed for lubricating and protecting the pivot of one’s knives.

I am a firm believer in Froglube as my rust protectant of choice for my carbon steel knives, and I do use it in the absence of something better for the pivots of my fixed blades However, it is designed for guns, and I am never quite happy with how it works its way into the pivot mechanisms on knives. Breakthrough Clean specifically highlights the “capillary wicking” action of the oil to penetrate deep into the bearings, beyond the reach of what you are using to apply it. We’ll see. I would like nothing more than to be thrilled with this product because as I said, I am still looking for the perfect choice.

Press release below the jump.

Via ShootingWire:

Breakthrough Clean Technologies® sharpens edge on newest kit with Jake Hoback Knives®.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies & Jake Hoback Knives are pleased to unveil their newest collaborative kit: The F23 Knife Maintenance Kit. The F23 addresses a need that has been absent from the end-user’s mindset, the ongoing care and maintenance of an important utility tool – the knife.

At the heart of this collaborative project lies the main product that was previously unavailable, the Formula 23 Knife Oil. The oil is designed to lubricate and maintain the knife so it operates correctly. Being a true “student of the blade,” Jake Hoback envisioned a product that could cater to specific needs that knives have and firearms don’t. Breakthrough delivered this product (and more) by designing an edged-tool lubricant that features a boundary additive that aids in lubricating, protecting, and enhancing the operation of all types of knives.

“The F23 Knife Oil is a specifically-designed knife and cutlery lubricant. We spent months testing different formulations and additives in search of an effective, long-lasting lubricant that won’t evaporate. Our goal was to create a lubricant that will protect edged weapons and enhance the bearing and pivot movements on a folding knife. Special attention was also paid to the capillary effect that is present when joining two pieces of steel together;it is critical to provide and retain sufficient lubrication in those capillary spaces.”– Jake Hoback

The F23 Knife Maintenance Kit will be available for purchase in February, 2017 at and will have a $35.00 MSRP.
To learn more about the F23 or visit Breakthrough Clean’s SHOT Show booth (#109) during January 17-20.

About Breakthrough® Clean Technologies:Breakthrough Clean Technologies is a subsidiary of the AvioTrade Group of companies, which specializes in the distribution of chemicals within the aerospace industry. AvioTrade has been in business over 12 years servicing major airlines, MRO’s and repair stations worldwide. Being gun enthusiasts, the owners of AvioTrade realized a growing need for having a more effective user-safe and eco-friendly cleaning solvent for the performance, protection, and maintenance of firearms. Utilizing their combined 50+years of aerospace chemical experience, access to the best solvent technology, and manufacturing resources specializing in environmental technology,AvioTrade Group brought Breakthrough® Military-Grade Firearm Cleaning Solvent to consumers. In 2014 Breakthrough released Battle Born Grease and Battle Born Oil, upholding the same standards of purity as found in Breakthrough. Breakthrough Clean advocates using state of the art research, processes, and the best chemists to provide the most effective and truly eco-friendly products to consumers around the world.

About Jake Hoback Knives:Jake Hoback started making knives in 1990 in his back yard, pounding them out on a huge chunk of steel with a framing hammer and fence post nails. Guided by an unwavering faith, and committed to innovation in design and workmanship, the Idaho-based company has grown into an industry-leading provider of quality knives and accessories. Rugged, reliable, and precision-engineered, Jake Hoback’s knives are crafted of the finest, most durable materials available — built to be tools, not just trophies. Jake’s knives are proudly carried and collected by the military, law enforcement, and knife enthusiasts around the world.
Press Contact: Gabriel Cabrera |


  1. Billy says:

    Just have it NP3’ed at Robar already…

  2. Rich Hummel says:

    If the pivots on your fixed blades need lubrication you’re doing it wrong.

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