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    Senior Member TamanegiKin's Avatar
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    Staining a wa-handle?

    So this may be a silly question but have any of you ever stained a wa-handle? Is there a chance it could damage the knife?

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    ho wood doesn't take stain well and has no figure to accentuate. Salty a while back stained his handles black coated them with poly. No, it won't damage your knife.

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    I see, thanks for the insight. I was trying to think of a way to get some of the lighter colored Ho wood handles to take on a slightly darker color. I have a mineral oil and beesewax mix that I've used to treat the handles and that darkened them up slightly.

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    I have had no problem staining ho handles. They will darken, but there is no "grain" to highlight.

    If you just want them darker, then no worries.

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    Lately I've been using tung oil on my handles. Two or three coats gives a nice smooth, water-resistant finish, and darkens the wood slightly. It darkens to just a shade or two deeper than the blonde horn ferrules on them. I really like the contrast. Note that you want to get pure tung oil, not polymerized, nor with driers or thinners. Lee Valley sells it: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/pag...at=1,190,42942. It smells nicely nutty, too.

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    never thought about it, but that sounds like a good idea for my bored states. I might try sanding down one of my crappy handles with a low grit, dye it and coat it with some resin, or wrap it with some carbon fiber. Maybe I might go for that 60's rainbow tie die look.

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    I use a mixture of about 90% pure tung oil and 10% orange oil. The addition of orange oil makes the oil penetrate the wood deeper and also helps speed up drying/polymerizing.
    I submerge the handle in a jar filled with the oil mixture for a few days, then I put the knife to dry on the window sill in broad daylight, applying another coating of oil each day, for about 5 days. Then another few days rest in broad daylight and you are done. Afterwards, the handles are water and stain resistant and haven't lost any of their haptic properties.

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    +1 for orange oil. I sometimes cut with carnauba and beeswax or just use it neat. Lookee here...

    errr... the swarf also helps to stain the wood.


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    Not sure if this is Kosher but, I have actually taken a mini torch and lightly burned ho handles. I then oil it down really well.... darkens the wood, and you can add a controlled pattern, if your good with the torch...don't suggest this if you have plastic ferrule, as it will probably melt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb View Post
    errr... the swarf also helps to stain the wood.
    To prevent staining during sharpening I wrap the handle in fresh wrap when I'm doing more than a touch up.

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