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 Post subject: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:06 am 
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So everyone has their preference for maintaining their handles: tung oil, Tru-oil, mineral oil, oil/beeswax, etc, but I thought somebody might like my method.

Inconsequential, but I've been doing straight mineral oil for a long while now as it's cheap, easily accessible, super easy to apply, and effective. Every sharpening, I slather the dry handle with mineral oil, place the Wa in a ziploc to retain the excess, and let the knife rest till next usage... at least over night. Voila...

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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:14 pm 

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Thanks for your method, I like it. It seems useful and makes sense.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
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For those of you that have slightly shrunken scales on your western handles, this method works well, to plump them back up.



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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:05 pm 
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Thats a good method!



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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:16 pm 

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Wow, I didnt think our knives needed that much oil. I usually apply oil the handle with my finger, let it sit overnight, then oil it again in the morning. I put a good coat of oil, but don't slather it. I do this about 4 times a year and it works good for me.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Damnit Mel, if you keep showing me that knife I'm going to have to buy one and might land in divorce court! Might be worth it though. :twisted:



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No doubt, a little oil goes a long way in handle maintenance. If I get a western that is shrunk a little I will fill a mason jar with mineral oil and put the handle in overnight. Works like a champ, especially for abused vintage.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:59 pm 
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I will have to try this with one of my pettys. Poor little guy's handle is getting a bit parched!



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Looks great, I'm going to try this on my kohetsu and yuki before i start back to work.



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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
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Thanks for posting this! I'll try it next time.


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