Ballistol has been around in Europe for over three generations. Originally invented for military use it became a household word (ballistic-oil, or “Ballistol”) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Ballistol can be used to clean, preserve, protect, prevent corrosion, maintain, impregnate and disinfect not only objects made out of metal but also out of wood, hard plastics, and smooth leather. WARNING: Do not use on suede. 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 / cleaners.