Even Stainless Steel can Rust! Protect Your Knife with These Oils-Appalachian Outfitters

Even Stainless Steel can Rust! Protect Your Knife with These Oils

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After an adventure, your knife requires a little bit of attention. We already mentioned some tips on how to take care of your knife. Therefore, today we want to dig deeper regarding oils.

Given the correct conditions, even stainless steel can rust. If you live in more moist areas and especially near the coast, it is crucial to always oil your knife after use.

After oiling your knife blade, a layer is created between the salt-tinged moist air and the blade itself. This protection will enhance your blade's durability and will protect it from getting rusty. 

Man cleaning knife with cloth

One thing to keep an eye on is the color of the metal. Discolored metal has a blue/grey/black color. It is a sign of oxidation and precedes rust. Discoloration should be regarded as rust waiting to happen and should be cleaned immediately.

If you want to protect your knife from the elements, check out some of our best oils specifically designed for this purpose.

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Boiled Linseed Oil


Your grandfather used it, and you should too. Boiled linseed oil has been time-tested in treating, maintaining, and preserving wood-handled tools. At 8 ounces, our boiled linseed oil is a convenient size, and the F-style canister looks great on the workbench.

  • Protects axe eyes and handles from moisture;
  • Penetrates wood fibers for long-term durability;
  • Preserves metal surfaces from oxidation;
  • Brings out grain character and contrast.

Straight Grain Supply Boiled Linseed Oil

Straight Grain Supply Boiled Linseed Oil

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Ballistol Wipes - 10 pack


Ballistol oil was developed for the German Army, who requested an oil that would lubricate, clean, protect and preserve firearms, gun stocks, and leather gear.

Unlike most lubricants, Ballistol emulsifies with water, and when the water evaporates, Ballistol stays behind to protect the metal, plastic, wood, or leather.

Ballistol will keep all smooth leathers soft and moisturized (do not use on suede). It is also non-toxic and biodegradable.

Neither its use, disposal, or decomposition will produce any byproducts that are harmful to the environment. Why settle for a "normal" oil when you can have one product that does so much more.

Ballistol Wipes 10 Pack

Ballistol Wipes 10 Pack
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