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 Post subject: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:35 pm 
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OK you knife & handle makers and other experts out there! I want seal the Wa handle/tang junction on some of my knives to keep moisture out. What's the best thing to use? Two part epoxy applied w/a toothpick? If so, what brand/kind do you favor that's easily found at Woodcraft or the big box hardware stores?

Thanks so much,

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:38 pm 
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Hi Steve,

Bees wax works really well. It's food safe and you can take it out easily if you ever want to remove the handle and replace it. I have some if you want a little.



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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:40 pm 

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i woudl use devcon 2 ton since it has a longer set time and if you warm it up it woudl seep into the gaps better then say 5 min. now if you want to build it up like a blob im not sure what you might want

oo and you can mix model paint into the epoxy to make it colored (liek say black )


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:48 pm 

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I'm thinking about using beeswax on my handle junctions as well... just trying to find some locally that isn't mixed with something else... lol


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:00 pm 

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On a whim I tried some bees wax just a week ago on a Tojiro petty. It would have worked better if I had softened it, but it pressed in easily enough. I really like easily reversible solutions, and as Mark said, food safe.

I found two sources locally, one was a Whole Foods store, I think it was in the skin product section, the other source was a wood working retailer, bees wax is used to lubricate screws, make finishes, etc. It was not cheap, $5-8 for a few oz, but it uses up slowly.


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
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I haven't had a chance to visit any of the small hardware stores in my area yet... I might need to pay them a visit! lol

I think there are also some local beekeepers around as well. Sounds like I have some investigating to do... I haven't exactly looked all that hard yet. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Yeah I got mine from a beekeeper that sells honey at our farmers market. If you guys ask for some in the comments section I'll stick some in the box with any future orders. A little goes a long way for filling handle gaps.



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Thanks for the suggestions - Yes Mark, if you can, put a little in the next shipment. I'll give it a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Beeswax works....but I'd do a two-part epoxy like Butch's recommendation...Devcon 2 Ton.

I have a fairly elaborate method to make it look really nice when I'm done. If you want to discuss it, shoot me a message or give me a call.



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 Post subject: Re: Sealing the Wa - tang junction
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:28 pm 
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When I install a handle, I use JB Kwik Weld to epoxy the tang to the handle and seal up the front of the opening. On many forged tang Wa style knives, the tangs aren't flat and are somewhat wavy and bulgy, so I end up having to make the slot a little oversized and/or grind the tang down, so the JB Weld really helps fill in. You can also use the Devcon2 ton and heat up like has been said.


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