"Cleanest" way to protect high-carbon blades?

Mar 8, 1999
I would like to know the best product on the market to protect high-carbon blades. I am looking for a product to use on the khukuris I sell that will protect the blades without looking untidy (like cosmoline or vaseline does).

Craig Gottlieb
Gurkha House
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Most folks on BF swear by Tuff Cloths. Seems like that might be one way to go.

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes bleed the hand that uses it.
-Rabindranath Tagore

Short of putting on a "permanent" protective coating, I don't know what to recommend. I have heard some folks on here speak of clove oil, but have no personal experience with it. I use a very light, nearly invisible coating of RIG (Rust Inhibitive Grease) on anything metal that I put away for a while. It's much lighter, less smelly, and easier to clean off than Cosmoline. On my daily carry knifes and guns, I just use FP10 and check them for cleanliness weekly.
Thanks, both of you (still interested in more input if anybody has any more advice).

Craig Gottlieb
Gurkha House
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Hi Craig,

I use Marine Tuf-cloth to maintain my knives. But on my M2-steel knife, I spread Tuf-Glide on it, and spread it out evenly. I got it drenched a few nights ago, because it was raining like crazy over here, and forgot it was in my pocket all the time. Didn't know until a few days later. Blade is still spotless, with no sign of rust whatsoever.

Hope this helps.

I've been using Marine Tuff Cloth on an A2
neck knife that I wear when working out.
In spite of all that sweat, the blade is
I used Renaisance Wax for years and only recently have switched to Sentry's Tuff-Cloth, believe I like the latter more!
IMHO it really doesn't take much to protect carbon blades...unless you abuse it or get blood on it, etc; I base that on 30 + yrs. of using them!!
Hello Craig,

Like you I store a lot of high carbon blades. I use a nice coat of rem oil on the blade.

The rem oil is light and easy to wipe off. I also find it is quick and easy to apply.

Blood will definately rust your high carbon fast if you don't care for it correctly.


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While I use Marine Tuf-Cloth on a lot of things I actually still use mineral oil on my khukuris as the oil then works into the scabbard (hide over wood) and the blade sort of gets relubed whenever it is resheathed.


The Marine Tuff-Cloth that has been recommended several times has an excellent reputation for corrosion protection. However, it does leave a misty film on the blade.

Although I have not used the standard Tuff-Cloth, I understand that it leaves a thinner film that does not give the misty effect.

I have also had success with a silicon-based oil purchased from A. G. Russell. I gave up on the vegetable oil I mentioned earlier this year as it was gumming up my sheath.
Howard, the film can be buffed off after it dries. As far as I recall this does not reduce the protection though you might want to confirm this with Sentry Systems.

If I may cut food with a knife I don't use most oils or silicon products. Mineral oil is one choice. Sometimes I rub on white parafin wax. I used to use beeswax on throwing knives that I threw by the blade since it gave a slight tackiness which improved my grip.