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    Apply "lotion" to wa-handle?

    Is it true that you need to apply "lotion" to original wa-handle, to prevent it from crack? If yes, what to use?

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    No, a wa-handle will not crack if it is not treated with a "lotion", but many of us like to apply mineral oil or a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax to provide a bit of water repellency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    No, a wa-handle will not crack if it is not treated with a "lotion", but many of us like to apply mineral oil or a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax to provide a bit of water repellency.
    They can crack if the wood gets too dry

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    The name for the mix of bee's wax and mineral oil is "board butter" since it is also used on cutting boards.

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    What if the knife just keep in storage without use?
    What do you use? Same as for the cutting board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    They can crack if the wood gets too dry
    Thanks, Jon. I wasn't aware it could crack just from being dry.
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    Where can you buy butter board

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    Board butter meant I

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    Boardsmith

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    board butter is the best to protect from all types of stains or uncleanliness of the traditional Japanese handles? if so I think I need to do this, I neglect mine TOTALLY and should PROTECT them

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