NASA Spinoff

New Lubricants Protect Machines and the Environment

According to Kane, the test subject coated with the X-1R formulation that would eventually become the PENN Precision Reel Grease was the only one to withstand the test. He noted that evaporated water left salt crystals emulsifying in the other test subjects that led to “extreme, holes- eaten-through-metal corrosion.” As for the X-1R-coated reel plate, Kane noted it operated just like new. “The pinion dropped in and out, and it engaged perfectly. X-1R’s PENN Precision Reel Grease displaces water and will not emulsify with saltwater, so there were no corrosion problems after getting it submerged,” he concluded.

The Precision Reel Grease, Synthetic Reel Oil, and Rod & Reel Cleaner are part of the co-branded label belonging to PENN and The X-1R Corporation, and are available at a wide array of local bait and tackle shops and at large outdoor equipment retail chains, including Wal-Mart, Cabela’s, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sport Chalet, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Gart Sports, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Gander Mountain, G.I. Joe’s Inc., Boater’s World, Bass Pro Shops, and West Marine. The items are also available through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which provides merchandise and services to active duty, guard, and reserve members, military retirees, and family members.

These three fishing products, as well as all other X-1R advanced lubricants manufactured by The X-1R Corporation, have been officially recognized by the Space Certification Program, which is managed by the Space Foundation in cooperation with NASA. The company was also honored as the 34th inductee into the Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2000.

X-1R® is a registered trademark of The X-1R Corporation.