About Ballistol

Ballistol, a trusted name for more than one hundred years. To lubricate, penetrate, clean, protect, and preserve hand tools, firearms, leather items, wood, metal surfaces, and more.

Ballistol has an abundance of uses in a wide range of applications. This environmentally friendly multi-purpose oil has become a staple of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, handymen, and craftsmen all over the world.

The most astounding feature of Ballistol is perhaps its universality. Ther are other protectants/lubricants in the market, but none of them has the same wide range of applications, in combination with other unique capabilities, as compared to Ballistol.

Ballistol can be used to clean, to preserve, to protect, to prevent corrosion, to maintain, to penetrate and disinfect not only objects made out of metal but also out of wood, hard plastics, and even smooth leather. WARNING: Do not use on suede.

Ballistol is slightly alkaline in an emulsion of Ballistol and water, 1 part Ballistol to 20 parts water (1:20 ratio). While most other brands are pH-neutral, i.e. have a pH around 7, Ballistol has a pH between 8 and 8.5. This is why Ballistol is capable of neutralizing mild acids and human hand sweat, which is of a slightly acidic nature.

Ballistol does not resinify. Most other lubricants are subject to relatively fast aging and oxidation. They harden in time - a process which is called "resinification." The oil begins to thicken, becomes sticky, gluey, and finally turns into a hard resinous substance. By contrast, Ballistol contains a combination of anti-oxidants and medical oils, which together make it much less susceptible to the process of aging than other lubricants.

In 1985, a bottle with Ballistol was found in an attic where it had been left for over 60 years. The oil had not hardened and the chemical analysis revealed that it still had the same degree of purity as freshly produced Ballistol. The oil had become a little darker but not even the slightest trace of resinification could be discovered.

After WW2 the Klever Company conducted a long term test with Ballistol. Several rifles and shotguns were treated with Ballistol, wrapped in wax impregnated paper and stored in a trunk. All this was done under the supervision of a sworn expert for firearms and explosives. After 25 years the same expert opened the packages and inspected the firearms. All weapons had remained completely rust free on the inside and outside. No resinification of Ballistol had occurred. After pulling a dry cotton wad through the barrels several rounds were fired from the weapons without malfunction.

Ballistol truly stands the test of time. If something needs long term preservation, only Ballistol will do the job.