Some one here advocated puchasing quality tools and with good care they will last longer than you will. But what exactly is "good care"? I get a feeling it's going to be like cast iron cookware. As illustrated in this short dramatic skit:
Experienced One: "What the hell are you doing?"
Me: "I'm cleaning the frying pan."
Experienced One: "Idiot, you don't clean cast iron with soap and water!"
Me: "Uhhh, what do I clean it with?"
Experienced One: "Jeeze!" (Storms of stage right.)
Me: "Uhhh, hello?" (Stands there alone motionless, in a bewildered state of mind.)
Lights fade out.
So right now I wipe my tools down with a rag soaked with a degreaser (Simple Green) and then rewipe them with rag soaked with WD 40. Is there a better way? I've been working on some old bikes and can't always get off the old dirt, grime and rust so they get on my tools. What do you all do to clean up your tools?