View Full Version : Tung oil on ho-wood or magnolia

08-01-2012, 11:10 AM
I've searched and read several threads on oiling handles, but no specific thread addressed magnolia or ho wood handles in particular. I like the nice warm feel of them, but they do get a little fuzzy and dirty, and after sharpening or grinding, the handle takes on that wonderful dirty gray appearance.

I know Japanese handles are meant to be used and replaced.

Does anyone prefer a tung oiled surface (slick but clean)? I've never tried tung oil on ho wood.

08-01-2012, 11:24 AM
Board butter, baby!

08-01-2012, 11:42 AM
Long ago, I tried some Boos mystery oil on ho-wood. I didn't like the greasy feeling. It felt far far greasier than mineral oil on rosewood or any other wood.

08-01-2012, 01:06 PM
Tung oil is a drying oil and if you put it on a dirty handle, will seat the dirt it there.

a combo of beeswax and mineral oil is best. aka boardbutter.

Eamon Burke
08-02-2012, 01:11 AM
If your handle gets dirty from swarf, get a piece of 220 grit sandpaper and wrap it around the handle, and grab it like a hammer. Sand it up and down, do this alone if you are embarassed about it. Then use a piece of brown paper bag after it's clean to bring it back up to shiny.

Then soak it in oil.