P. Aloysius Regnad's Blog – September 2021 Archive (1)

Ballistol - A steampunk multi-purpose oil(?)

      Ballistol (from the words 'ballistic' and 'oleum') is a multi-purpose oil, first compounded in 1904 by Dr. Helmut Klever as a response to the German Imperial Army's request for a substance that could be used to clean and lubricate a soldier's firearm, as well as protect the wooden parts, and also protect his leather gear.  It was adopted by the German army in 1905, and remained in use until 1945.  So it's not quite Victorian, but does predate World War I by ten years.  And yes, it's…


Added by P. Aloysius Regnad on September 4, 2021 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

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