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    Oiling handles

    What's your recommendations in this regard? Do different varieties of wood take to different oils?

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    For me it depends on the finish desired. I have been using mineral oil as a base, for a matte finish I use birch wood casey gunstock wax. For a shiny finish I will use Tru-Oil, followed by the gunstock wax.

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    I'm just looking to extend the life of my handles, and help diminish swelling/shrinkage.
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    If they aren't too dried out, boardsmith board butter would be good for maintenance

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    I live in a very dry climate and nothing I have found reduces shrinkage. Even when I re-handle I like to let my wood sit for 6 months to a year before use to help minimize it.

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    Maybe you can keep your knives in a mineral oil immersion (handles inside) if you are not using them. You can rotate half of your collection like this. I think they stay healthy then.

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    When mine start to look a little dry, especially the vintage with original handles, I use plain mineral oil. Wipe them heavy, let sit for a few hours, then wipe them off. Seems to work well. For new handles, I just wipe them with mineral oil and wipe them off right away once in a while. Normally when they hit the stones.
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    If I'm not going to use a knife every day, I give the handle a good coat of 'board butter' then wrap them in plastic wrap.
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    Board butter here too, then buff with a clean dry towel. If they're particularly bad I'll coat 'em in mineral oil for a few hours, buff, then board butter again.

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    Can ho wood be stained?
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