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Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:55 pm

Quick question, I picked up a 210 yuki gyuto a couple weeks back (quickly becoming my favorite knife). Did anyone who owns this knife oil the handle? I haven't done it on my other knives but this one kind of feels like it might benefit. If so, regular mineral oil work fine?

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:24 pm

Oiling it will not hurt it at all. I oil all my handles, even Ho and magnolia. You may want to hit it with a high grit sandpaper or 0000 steel wool prior to oiling just to make it uber smooth.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:34 pm

CHRISMIT <> Mineral oiling my handles is a routine I incorporate with my sharpening. I oil every handle every time I sharpen the knife. It's quick & easy this way for me. I have done more the more extensive process of incorporating beeswax into my sealant, but for convenience, I just mineral oil every sharpening.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:52 pm

Wood naturally dries out....keeping it oiled is never a bad idea.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:17 pm

I treated the handles on my Yuki, Kono HD, and a couple other knives with a few coats of Watco Danish Oil. It has worked well, sealing the wood, but not making it slippery or slick feeling.

I also sealed a couple of basic wood sayas as well.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:21 pm

I lightly sand my new handles with 600 grit sandpaper to get them uber smooth and then treat with Tru-Oil.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:28 pm

Excellent, thanks for all the responses guys. I'll start the oiling routine

Re: Massage yuki handle

Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:14 am

I oil them, let them dry, and then hit them with renaissance wax. Really thats how i take care of almost anything wooden. For non food blades renaissance wax works wonders. I have a few swords and many knifves that all benefit.

Re: Massage yuki handle

Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:36 am

SteveG wrote:I treated the handles on my Yuki, Kono HD, and a couple other knives with a few coats of Watco Danish Oil. It has worked well, sealing the wood, but not making it slippery or slick feeling.

I also sealed a couple of basic wood sayas as well.


I have heard that it can take up to a week to dry.

Is that your experience?

Re: Massage yuki handle

Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:49 am

I don't usually have time to oil my handles, but if I know I can work without the particular knife I will apply and let dry for at least a day or two.

I oil my handles as often as I oil my boards
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