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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, 12:24 PM
Board butter, baby!
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, 02:06 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.
08-02-2012, 02:11 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.
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