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    Unstabilized Ho Wood Handle Care?

    Inspired by the discussion in this thread, http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...rk-Horse/page2, what is the recommended handle care and what are the best practices when starting with a new knife with an unstabilized ho wood handle?
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    The two main schools of thought are:

    1) do nothing they are made to be replaced

    2) treat with mineral oil or a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. This will help prevent staining but will also darken the color and prevent the wood fibers from standing up when wet.

    Edit: 3) replace with a custom handle that the knife deserves.

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    You're in Japan, so you shouldn't have many problems. It's the difference in climate that causes shrinkage & cracking issues in the US. Or so I've been told.
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    A couple coats of tru-oil, Linseed oil or Danish oil and never think about it again.
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    Thank you for all the quick replies and the multiple suggestions! I have some time (3 months), so before deciding I'll look around to see what is locally available. When my new knife arrives, I will almost certainly do a few coats of some sort of oil, most likely one of the aforementioned. Does anyone know what the professionals here in Japan normally do?
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    very little to be honest... but tsubaki oil is commonly used for the knives, so some chefs use it on handles too. Mineral oil and beeswax works better though (1:4-ish ratio).

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    Great to hear from you, Jon! I was hoping you were going to jump in. I appreciate you sharing your extensive knowledge. I was mostly just curious, for me this is definitely a case of preferring what works over what is "traditional". The mineral oil & beeswax mix recommendation sounds good!
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    honestly i think ho wood is perfectly fine, i treat all my handles with multiple coats of mineral oil.

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    I use mineral oil and beeswax mix. Very easy and cheap to make at home an last a while.

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    That's what I use too. It works pretty well.

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