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    Toyama Handle Smell

    I've had my Toyama 300mm Suji for a little while now and while I absolutely love the blade, the handle stinks. And not in the "It's a poor handle" way. It's as a nice as ho-wood gets, but it smells like cigarettes and old man. Not pleasant at all.

    I hoped after a few washes it would go away, but nope. Any tips? Or will I have to replace the handle?

    Anybody else experience a similar smell on Toyama handles from Maksim?
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    one way is just apply some wipe on PU. It will seal off the wood (smell). It will feel different but will work.

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    I've had good luck with "Murphy's Oil Soap". Good luck!
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    Depends on which part of the old man it smells like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XooMG View Post
    Depends on which part of the old man it smells like.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. Will try out the Murphy's Oil Soap as I am fresh out of wipe-on polyurethane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkjames View Post
    one way is just apply some wipe on PU
    Was just thinking, surely adding any PU would only make matters worse, non?

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    have you tried essential oils to cover up the smell? Maybe orange blossom oil or something like that? A lot of people put that kind of thing in their cutting board butter mixes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    have you tried essential oils to cover up the smell? Maybe orange blossom oil or something like that? A lot of people put that kind of thing in their cutting board butter mixes.
    I think I'll try that before the oil soap. Thanks for the tip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asteger View Post
    Was just thinking, surely adding any PU would only make matters worse, non?
    I have seen a few knives came back to me like that, it was quite thick. I think its trying to prevent it getting dirty and smelly but doesn't look very pleasant.

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