Has grip been a problem when wet? I generally try to keep my knife hand dry, but stuff happens and the raw ho wood still feels secure. That said, the finished look is nicer.It's pretty subtle, yes. The mineral oil is transparent and it's the same piece of wood so it's not like I could change its color. Just made the grain more deep & profound.
I didn't like how rough the handle felt when wet from fiber expanding, so I sanded it wet to make it smooth