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    You're in Tokyo, Man! Pop over to kapabashi dori and start picking peoples brains! Most of us in the States would kill to have that opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    You're in Tokyo, Man! Pop over to kapabashi dori and start picking peoples brains! Most of us in the States would kill to have that opportunity.
    Haha! I'm in Kappabashi every other week, of course looking at knives, but mainly to restock on my custom roasted coffee beans from Union Coffee. It's only about a 10 minute bicycle ride from my home.
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    I tried tsubaki oil and bee wax as well. In the end, I liked tru-oil more. ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange View Post
    I tried tsubaki oil and bee wax as well. In the end, I liked tru-oil more. ^^
    With the Tru-oil are you applying multiple coats, or just one? Does the Tru-oil darken and/or alter the color of the ho wood?
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    I use three coats and sand with 600 grit paper in between coats. It does not darken the wood.
    "Those who say it can't be done are always pasted by those doing it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahamaroot View Post
    I use three coats and sand with 600 grit paper in between coats. It does not darken the wood.
    Thank you for follow-up!
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    I've used mineral oil, beeswax and mineral oil, and tung oil. They all work. People underestimate how nice ho wood can be when finely sanded and properly finished.

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    the slightly rough texture help with grip though. little things like that by japanese knife makers are what makes the difference. the handles were made to be abused, utilitarian, and at the same time have great grip even when wet. the grip on bare ho wood reminds me of micarta really.

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    I agree. What I meant was that some people assume that because ho is left rough that it is an inferior wood, when in fact it can be quite nicely finished. That it can, though, doesn't mean that it should be.

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    i hate smooth handles, they should have texture, not shiny and pretty.

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