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tk59
11-04-2011, 02:15 AM
Most of my handles darken over time. Anyone else notice this?

JBroida
11-04-2011, 02:18 AM
yup... par for the course

TamanegiKin
11-04-2011, 02:22 AM
Yes, to the point where I dislike the look of a new handle now :)

JohnnyChance
11-04-2011, 02:23 AM
Y'all need to wash your grubby hands.

I guess a little. Not a ton.

tk59
11-04-2011, 02:25 AM
I like them a lot better darker, myself. I can't remember who I was talking to but they seemed surprised by this. What types of wood darken nicest? :D

JohnnyChance
11-04-2011, 02:38 AM
I like them a lot better darker, myself. I can't remember who I was talking to but they seemed surprised by this. What types of wood darken nicest? :D

It was me. I am sure mine are darker from use and wax/oiling, but not so much that it is easily noticeable.

zitangy
11-04-2011, 03:29 AM
Most of my handles darken over time. Anyone else notice this?

oil from the hands naturally. and it becomes the patina on the wood..

having said that, i have also seen handles that has not been oiled from time to time and the wood shrinks. Had a ferule that became loose. Soaked it in oil for abt an hour and it became a tight fit again...

~david

Citizen Snips
11-04-2011, 09:17 AM
my ebony handles have gotten considerably darker. i agree that they look better once they darken up

Delbert Ealy
11-04-2011, 12:25 PM
Actually, in unstabilized, or poorly stabilized woods it is more likely to be UV exposure that causes the darkening. Most woods, especially rosewoods, and acaia are subect to UV darkening. Yes it could be grubby oily hands, but UV is more likely.
Del

SpikeC
11-04-2011, 02:18 PM
The handle on the Fowler passaround is much darker now than in the pictures of the knife at the start of the passaround. The grain pattern is almost indistinguishable now. I believe it is ironwood.

tk59
11-04-2011, 02:23 PM
I have a knife from Pesky right now where the darkening is definitely due to hand grubbiness. If you've ever seen how I work with my knives, you'd know that isn't going to be the source. The darkening is very consistent on the entire handle. For example, my DTITK (cocobolo) is now almost black unless you look at it under a nice, bright light, then you see all the reddish and hazel tones. I hadn't considered the UV but since my windows block almost all of it and never hit the knife area directly, I am fairly certain that is not the case.

Marko Tsourkan
11-04-2011, 08:12 PM
I have seen darkening on a number of oily natural woods like rosewood, ebony, snakewood, Lignum Vitae, as well as on Arizona Desert Ironwood. As Del pointed out, it's due to exposure to the sun light and air.

M

Dave Martell
11-04-2011, 08:26 PM
I have a knife from Pesky right now where the darkening is definitely due to hand grubbiness.

So just to clear....you're saying that Pesky has grubby hands? :D

El Pescador
11-04-2011, 09:07 PM
I have a knife from Pesky right now where the darkening is definitely due to hand grubbiness. If you've ever seen how I work with my knives, you'd know that isn't going to be the source. The darkening is very consistent on the entire handle. For example, my DTITK (cocobolo) is now almost black unless you look at it under a nice, bright light, then you see all the reddish and hazel tones. I hadn't considered the UV but since my windows block almost all of it and never hit the knife area directly, I am fairly certain that is not the case.

I don't know what to say!

tk59
11-04-2011, 09:16 PM
So just to clear....you're saying that Pesky has grubby hands? :DThe knife handle does not lie, Dave. ;)

Vertigo
11-04-2011, 09:28 PM
Don't worry Pesky. I just shot a knife off to TK with bacon grease and egg yolk all f*cking over the handle.

Dave Martell
11-04-2011, 10:26 PM
My favorites handles are the stinky fish ho jobbies.....yikes!

tk59
11-05-2011, 12:18 AM
Nice...:slaphead:

NO ChoP!
11-05-2011, 02:16 AM
Yah, from swarf...

I am meticulous with just about everything in life, but I am a messy sharpener. I am usually standing in a puddle of water, with swarf up to my elbows...

apicius9
11-05-2011, 03:43 AM
Yep, at least all the natural wood ones do, the stabilized wood ones to a lesser extent. Especially the rosewoods (cocobolo, king wood, Honduran rosewood etc.) darken quite a bit to an almost black-red.

Stefan