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    Do your handles darken?

    Most of my handles darken over time. Anyone else notice this?

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    Yes, to the point where I dislike the look of a new handle now

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    Y'all need to wash your grubby hands.

    I guess a little. Not a ton.
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    I like them a lot better darker, myself. I can't remember who I was talking to but they seemed surprised by this. What types of wood darken nicest?

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    I like them a lot better darker, myself. I can't remember who I was talking to but they seemed surprised by this. What types of wood darken nicest?
    It was me. I am sure mine are darker from use and wax/oiling, but not so much that it is easily noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Most of my handles darken over time. Anyone else notice this?
    oil from the hands naturally. and it becomes the patina on the wood..

    having said that, i have also seen handles that has not been oiled from time to time and the wood shrinks. Had a ferule that became loose. Soaked it in oil for abt an hour and it became a tight fit again...

    ~david

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    my ebony handles have gotten considerably darker. i agree that they look better once they darken up
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    Actually, in unstabilized, or poorly stabilized woods it is more likely to be UV exposure that causes the darkening. Most woods, especially rosewoods, and acaia are subect to UV darkening. Yes it could be grubby oily hands, but UV is more likely.
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    The handle on the Fowler passaround is much darker now than in the pictures of the knife at the start of the passaround. The grain pattern is almost indistinguishable now. I believe it is ironwood.
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