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    I have a dumb question. What is the preferred product for maintaining the appearance of unstabilized wood handles? Is there some type of wax I should buff it with? Like bee's wax? Should I treat it like a cutting board and use mineral oil/bee's wax. Should I rub it with tung oil periodically? I'm just worried that as the seasons change the wood might crack or something worse. How often should I treat the wood? I can't really tell if it's getting dry, like I would a cutting board.

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    I don't do it regularly but if I've washed the handle a few times, esp. with soap. I will soak it in oil for a day or so and then finish with beeswax.

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    I have been using walnut oil and beeswax mix on my handles and sayas. Looks good and does as intended.

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    I use mineral oil and beeswax. I have 2 containers, one with the wax and oil mix, and the other just has a rag that I use to apply the stuff. Once the rag is saturated it rarely needs any added to it. I wash my knives a lot at work with very hot water, so it is pretty easy to tell when they start to dry out. Usually I just give the handles a rub with the rag after I am done sharpening them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    I use mineral oil and beeswax. I have 2 containers, one with the wax and oil mix, and the other just has a rag that I use to apply the stuff. Once the rag is saturated it rarely needs any added to it. I wash my knives a lot at work with very hot water, so it is pretty easy to tell when they start to dry out. Usually I just give the handles a rub with the rag after I am done sharpening them.
    I wanted to make a batch of mineral oil and beeswax, what is a good ratio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DwarvenChef View Post
    I wanted to make a batch of mineral oil and beeswax, what is a good ratio?
    ... And has anybody tried adding carnuba wax to it?

    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    ... And has anybody tried adding carnuba wax to it?

    Stefan
    H I use Howard's Butcher block conditioner as it contains Bees wax and mineral oil. Rated food safe. IF this is not an issue they have for furniture.. a premix of Mineral oil, bees wax and carnuba wax. I like to add tung oil too form time to time..

    Personally I prefer to use carnuba wax which comes in a block and on a buffer machine. I Use the Beal BUffing system. They sell the complete kit ~ wheels and adaptors less the motor.. Had fun doing it. The system can be used for polishing anything depending on teh wheel/ adaptor... Just learnt of a new adaptor called.. "power ball" which you can attach to a portable hand drill to polish anything you want... I see it alot on you tube for polishing mag wheels. thinking using it on blades.... just a thought..

    Have fun..

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    i use this: "Osmo 3032 Satin-matt" but it dryes slow. :/
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    I have made a 50:50 beeswax mineral oil, and a 40:40:20 carnauba:bees: mineral
    The carnauba wax mix needs to be warmed a bit first or used with a polishing mop to get enough heat from friction, I'm thinking of melting some back down and thinning with beeswax to see if it will go on more easily

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    thanks for the suggestions everyone. I think I'll get a big block of bee's wax from woodcraft and make make my own concoction.

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