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    Username Post: Treating Knife Handles        (Topic#886502)
    phan1
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    09-28-10 03:34.49 - Post#2220540    



    You guys have any tips or tricks on improving knife handles, particularly porous wooden ones? Things like oil and wax? I'm a 100% noob when it comes to this topic, so any advice is much appreciated, even if it seems like common sense.

    I'm tired of getting swarf all over my cheap wooden handles as it makes it look like it has mold on my knife. At the same time for me, it's just a handle. I don't want to spend the extra dough to get a better handle or have it rehandled, which is often significant. All I want to do it to coat/treat it with something so I can have a handle that doesn't soak everything up like a sponge. I'd like to know what I can do to future knives to improve them.
     


    ThEoRy
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    09-28-10 04:42.04 - Post#2220582    


        In response to phan1

    I too would like to know how to treat and polish/shine up my nice handles. It sucks when you get swarf on them and they look all dry and greyed out.
     
    Aphex
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    09-28-10 04:42.22 - Post#2220583    


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    I treat my knife handles in a similar fashion to my board. I first of all give it a light coat of mineral oil and leave a few hours to dry. Then i give it a coat of beeswax butter, leave over night and then buff it with a cotton cloth.
     
    TowB
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    09-28-10 05:28.51 - Post#2220605    


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    I do the same thing, I apply several (at least 3) coats of mineral oil, letting it sit for a few hours each time. Then finish up with boardwax.
     
    Dave_Martell
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    09-28-10 06:24.30 - Post#2220641    


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    Boardwax (beeswax + mineral oil) works great on ho wood handles.


     
    RRLOVER
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    09-28-10 11:39.20 - Post#2220818    


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    • phan1 Said:
    You guys have any tips or tricks on improving knife handles, particularly porous wooden ones? Things like oil and wax? I'm a 100% noob when it comes to this topic, so any advice is much appreciated, even if it seems like common sense.

    I'm tired of getting swarf all over my cheap wooden handles as it makes it look like it has mold on my knife. At the same time for me, it's just a handle. I don't want to spend the extra dough to get a better handle or have it rehandled, which is often significant. All I want to do it to coat/treat it with something so I can have a handle that doesn't soak everything up like a sponge. I'd like to know what I can do to future knives to improve them.





    You can tape your handle before you sharpen,I always do.Besides swarf stains it will protect against scrathing.

    Edited by RRLOVER on 09-28-10 11:42.34. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     

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    09-28-10 12:45.39 - Post#2220859    


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    A small bit of mineral oil will work fine.
     
    Rosh
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    09-28-10 13:45.37 - Post#2220901    


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    First, I'd suggest taking fine sand paper to the handle (I do 600 grit). I agree with the mineral oil 100%, especially on dark woods. For lighter woods, like ho, I'd suggest a product by Howards that is a mix of beeswax and orange oil. I put it on all my woodworking projects besides rosewood and walnut. The benefit is that you will get the penetrating power of the orange oil with the long-lasting sealing power of the beeswax. Howards also makes Citrus Shield furniture wax but I'd stick with the orange oil/beeswax combo. It's about $8 and comes in a 2" wide by 7" tall container at Home Depot or other woodworking store.

    The mineral oil will work fine. You don't have to buy anything else if you already have it. I'd still suggest the Howards oil though. Howards also makes a Butcher Block conditioner which is mineral oil stabilized in beeswax. ...still...orange oil...
     
    kalaeb
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    09-28-10 16:04.10 - Post#2220983    


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    I have been using Tru-Oil gun stock finish on all my western handles and it works like a champ. I have never used it on ho wood.
     
    phan1
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    09-28-10 16:17.01 - Post#2220989    


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    Thanks for the advice guys! That's what I'm definitely going to do in the future.
     


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