- 1 Why wood for knife handles?
- 2 Three strengths of the wooden handle of the knife:
- 3 Wood or synthetic?
- 5 How do you maintain a wooden handle and why is it important to maintain a wooden handle?
- 7 What types of wood need to be enhanced with oil?
- 8 How do I clean wooden products?
- 10 How do I take care of wood products?
- 11 How do I apply the oil on the handle faster?
- 12 Choosing an oil
- 15 Why don’t you have to use olive oil?
- 16 Conclusions
Maintenance of a wooden handle.
The wooden handle must always be treated and requires that you take care of it and this applies both to outdoor / survival knives with a wooden handle but also to kitchen knives and other tools embellished with a wooden handle.
The woods used in cutlery are natural woods more suitable for making knives with hidden shank and stabilized woods, treated to empty them from the present air by impregnating the wood in depth with resin through vacuum techniques that makes the wood more stable and immobile over time.
There are different types of wood but the way to do the maintenance is always the same.
Wood is a super material that accompanies man from the beginning of his existence!
Wood or synthetic?
I advise you to choose synthetic material for knives that are used frequently and are exposed to extreme conditions or in the case of kitchen knives often washed in the dishwasher, because synthetic materials are more durable and last longer.
How do I apply the oil on the handle faster?
- Apply the oil with a clean cloth.
- Not too much: a couple of drops are often enough.
- Next let the oil absorb and then rub the handle with another clean cloth.
- Repeat this process until the wood is saturated.
- It is easy to understand why the wood will no longer absorb oil.
- Rub away the una assorbited oil with a clean cloth
There are several types of oil that can be used to treat wooden handles.
Each oil has its own properties and will respond differently to different types of wood.
In addition, there are different types of oil that can be used for multiple purposes.
As a result, a single bottle can be used for different purposes.
In our choice there is also the Ballistol which is one of the very popular types of oil.
Originally thought of as an oil for weapons, but today praised for its versatility.
It is an oil that revives dry wood.
Ballistol can be used on all types of wood, except for handles that have been painted.
Ballistol, however, has a very peculiar smell: like a pine forest in a jar.
Some hate it, others love it and wish they could use it as a cologne.
The peculiarity of Ballistol is that you can also rub it on the blade to prevent rust.
In addition, Ballistol will help you remove any residual adhesive tape from the steel.
Ballistol is also used to keep your skin soft, which makes it a great product to keep your scabbard in great shape.
Although it doesn’t mention it on the packaging, we know that Ballistol is safe for food.
This means that you can also use it on your kitchen knives.
Eden Essentials mineral oil for wooden cutting boards
Eden Essentials cutting board oil is a thick paraffinic oil.
Lightly seal the wood and take care of a beautiful glossy finish.
As the name may already suggest, it is also great for treating wooden cutting boards.
Robert Herder maintenance oil for wooden handles
Robert Herder maintenance oil for wooden handles is also a good option.
Macadamia oil is great for wood and the light fragrance of lemons definitely makes the knife fragrant.
The effect of Danish oil has been known for years among carpenters.
This mixture based on Tung oil penetrates deeply into the wood.
After applying it and letting it dry, it is essential to rub the handle with a dry cloth.
This is the best way to highlight the natural pattern of wood, but most importantly, you need to remove excess Danish oil.
If you let the surface dry, a layer of lacquer will form and you should avoid it.
The advantage of Danish oil is that after applying it the wood does not dry very quickly.
Another remedy from a bygone era.
It works like with Danish oil.
Apply a thin layer, let it fix and then rub to remove the oil in access.
It is important not to let it dry on the blade! It could stick like a type of lacquer and this is not the result you want to achieve.
Why don’t you have to use olive oil?
As with some cutting boards, it is sometimes said that you can also take care of a wooden handle with olive oil.
And in the short term if you don’t have anything else available at that time it’s also true but the downside of olive oil, however, is that after a while it could get rancid.
It will begin to smell slightly stale and this, of course, is to be avoided.
As oil I personally treat the wooden handles with Danish Oil or Linseed Oil, write me in the comments how you prefer to perform and what type of oil you use for the maintenance of the handle of your wooden knife.
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