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Mar 1, 2000
I ordered a bottle of that Tuff-Glide stuff. (With the needle applicator.) It's supposed to go on wet and then dry in a few minutes and give you a more lasting lubricant. Does anyone have any experiences with the stuff? Good or bad?
I was thinking of both my auto knives and my pocket pistols. It would be nice if something like that actually worked. Lubricants evaporate pretty quickly when used on pocket pistols. I've taken my Seecamp out of the pocket holster and it's been dry lots of times. No more lubricant at all.

Will: I've used it on knives with very good results. It can be used in conjunction with the Tuf-Cloth. It puts on a very protective surface on metal surfaces and is an effective "dry" lubricant on pivots and other moving metal surfaces.

Also consider Militech-1. Many are now favoring this for metal surfaces and firearms. They have a website at www.militech-1.com

'That Tuf-Glide stuff' is the active ingredient in Tuf-Cloth. You can make your own Tuf-Cloth by moistening a piece of sheer material (like satin; ask VG if you have trouble finding it), then storing it in a plastic bag. Tuf-Glide can also be used to remoisten Tuf-Cloths which have become dry; the company recommends odorless mineral spirits for this purpose, but I feel better adding more corrosion inhibitor instead of just more carrier.

Tuf-Glide is a Thin Film Corrosion Inhibitor (TFCI); its' purpose is to provide (you guessed it) protection from rust and corrosion. It has minimal lubricating properties. The carrier is odorless mineral spirits; this evaporates in several seconds, leaving a dry, but coated, surface. Another problem with using this product as a lubricant is that tolerances are built into bearing surfaces; using a dry lube causes problems, no matter what it is.

Several posters have reported problems with sticky actions on folders after lubing with Tuf-Glide. A PTFE oil or PTFE grease (such as Chris Reeve provides) is much better for this app; you can also do a search and come up with about 50 substances touted as pivot pin lubes.

If you are going to use Tuf-Glide / Tuf Cloth on a firearm, lube the bearing surfaces with a conventional lube, then wipe down the outside with the Tuf-Cloth.

Hope this helps.

Another great post, Walt. (As usual!) It seems I'm on a continuous hunt for a substance that will lubricate the slides of my small automatic pistols (I surely don't need "sticky actions" here!) as well as my knives.

Will, the best I have found for lubricating the slides and other parts of a firearm is moly. It can be acquired at many gun stores in different forms. You can find it in a pure grease form or a slightly more soluble form as it is usually mixed with another lubricant. If you have a Brownell's catalog, theirs works great and it is in an easy applicator tube. It can be used on knives but in my opinion it is to thick.

I have used it with great success on firearms, it only requires a thin coat and it is best this way as any left over can stain clothes with no chance of getting it out. I have used this in comparison to other lubricants and the amount of slide wear that is reduced is amazing.
I have tried a number of different products for this use.

I tried PTFE (Teflon) grease and oils, I have a review of some in my link.

I have tried standard oils like 3 in 1 and stuff like WD-40 and GT-85 et al.

The best products I have tried are as follows and why.

1. Militec-1, medium viscosity oil that when heated up bonds to the surfaces and provides very long term protection.
2. Finish line PTFE products. Great lube (better in fact than Militech-1 untill you heat Militech-1) They stay put as well.
3. Tuf-Glide, offers a very good performance after three applications onwards. However it does not work well with some blades like the Sebi.
4. Smith and Wesson Friction Bloc light oil. This works VERY well in hard to reach places. However it is a bit to runny for many applications. I think it is a PTFE oil.
5. Synthetic oils with teflon, such as rem oil and GT-85 spray. They work well, but get gummed up and break down to quickly for my liking.
6. Standard oils, as above, but more smelly and less protection
7. Silocone grease and oils. They work better than many oils, but worries over the health dangers with this stuff hold me back nowerdays (worse than most oils apparently)
8. Natural oils, least protection, but safe on foods, oh and they go rancid on you over time.

Hope it helps!


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