I appreciate that answer, too. I was trying to ask if the finish now has the same luster as the original "stock" finish. If not, is it more or less "shiny?"
as in this picture, you can see the difference in the colors of the handles. i have never sanded them and to treat i always do the same thing. alternate 4 hour periods of rubbing orange oil and mineral oil until they do not hold any more. then i use my homemade mixture of wa-wax and let that sit overnight. those konosuke ebony handles just take some time with the natural oils in your hands and whatever treating you would like to do to get darker. in the picture below, all three of these knives now look exactly the same as the yanagi.
It's like my ol' grandpappy used to say; "The less one makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look a fool in retrospect"
Wow Snips, amazing photos!
TK59...there is a thin shiny laquer on both the wood and horn. I'm just really anal when it comes to finishing (no weird sexyness intended), so I sand them to my own specifications on how I'd like them to feel. After soaking with boardwax and buffing, both horn and wood look fairly shiny and repel water. Of course this pretty shine gets dulled a bit when I take it to work, get raw pork all over it and have to wash with soapy water. I imagine I'll have to oil/wax them down every week or so.
Haha. Thanks, mac.