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TamanegiKin
07-19-2011, 06:38 PM
So this may be a silly question but have any of you ever stained a wa-handle? Is there a chance it could damage the knife?

Marko Tsourkan
07-19-2011, 06:44 PM
ho wood doesn't take stain well and has no figure to accentuate. Salty a while back stained his handles black coated them with poly. No, it won't damage your knife.

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TamanegiKin
07-19-2011, 06:57 PM
I see, thanks for the insight. I was trying to think of a way to get some of the lighter colored Ho wood handles to take on a slightly darker color. I have a mineral oil and beesewax mix that I've used to treat the handles and that darkened them up slightly.

rulesnut
07-19-2011, 09:10 PM
I have had no problem staining ho handles. They will darken, but there is no "grain" to highlight.

If you just want them darker, then no worries.

dmccurtis
07-19-2011, 11:39 PM
Lately I've been using tung oil on my handles. Two or three coats gives a nice smooth, water-resistant finish, and darkens the wood slightly. It darkens to just a shade or two deeper than the blonde horn ferrules on them. I really like the contrast. Note that you want to get pure tung oil, not polymerized, nor with driers or thinners. Lee Valley sells it: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=20049&cat=1,190,42942. It smells nicely nutty, too.

goodchef1
07-19-2011, 11:40 PM
never thought about it, but that sounds like a good idea for my bored states. I might try sanding down one of my crappy handles with a low grit, dye it and coat it with some resin, or wrap it with some carbon fiber. Maybe I might go for that 60's rainbow tie die look. :cool2:

iceman01
07-20-2011, 03:33 AM
I use a mixture of about 90% pure tung oil and 10% orange oil. The addition of orange oil makes the oil penetrate the wood deeper and also helps speed up drying/polymerizing.
I submerge the handle in a jar filled with the oil mixture for a few days, then I put the knife to dry on the window sill in broad daylight, applying another coating of oil each day, for about 5 days. Then another few days rest in broad daylight and you are done. Afterwards, the handles are water and stain resistant and haven't lost any of their haptic properties.

Seb
07-20-2011, 10:32 AM
+1 for orange oil. I sometimes cut with carnauba and beeswax or just use it neat. Lookee here...

errr... the swarf also helps to stain the wood. :biggrin:

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h190/aurochs_2006/ThinnedYuke004.jpg

NO ChoP!
07-20-2011, 11:51 AM
Not sure if this is Kosher but, I have actually taken a mini torch and lightly burned ho handles. I then oil it down really well.... darkens the wood, and you can add a controlled pattern, if your good with the torch...don't suggest this if you have plastic ferrule, as it will probably melt.

iceman01
07-20-2011, 02:02 PM
errr... the swarf also helps to stain the wood. :biggrin:


To prevent staining during sharpening I wrap the handle in fresh wrap when I'm doing more than a touch up.

Seb
07-20-2011, 07:09 PM
To prevent staining during sharpening I wrap the handle in fresh wrap when I'm doing more than a touch up.

I've found that rinsing off my left hand before switching hands also works! :)

TamanegiKin
07-20-2011, 09:20 PM
Picked up some dark walnut stain.
I'll post some pictures of the damage later lol.

TamanegiKin
07-21-2011, 07:50 PM
Picked up some dark walnut stain.
I'll post some pictures of the damage later lol.

It darkened slightly.
http://m.flickr.com/photos/65302964@N06/5962020581/lightbox/