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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:44 am 

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I've always used mineral oil on my cutting boards so when I started getting into non-stabilized wood handles I applied it every so often. Really darkens and enriches the color, also makes the handle softer and plush.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:20 am 

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So I have a masakage shimo, I noticed at first that the handle seemed unfinished and the handle would get very discolored every time I did knife sharpening. It has happened before but a quick scrub removed it but its now pretty much stained grey and now the handle has a very porous feeling. Would it be beneficial to lightly sand it and give it a deep oil soak?



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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:26 am 
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AznChef - Yes, sand and either use mineral oil or seal with a few light coats of something like Watco Danish Oil.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:19 am 

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I'm going to try this method


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:48 pm 

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AznChef wrote:So I have a masakage shimo, I noticed at first that the handle seemed unfinished and the handle would get very discolored every time I did knife sharpening. It has happened before but a quick scrub removed it but its now pretty much stained grey and now the handle has a very porous feeling. Would it be beneficial to lightly sand it and give it a deep oil soak?


Wet the handle (to raise the grain) and let it completely dry. Tape the ferrule and then sand the handle. Throw some mineral on and your done. I dont soak them, I apply the oil and if it disappears right away, I apply more. After an hour I wipe off the excess.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:43 pm 

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chefknivestogo wrote:For those of you that have slightly shrunken scales on your western handles, this method works well, to plump them back up.


Ahh nice tip. I have a few oldy/cheapies that could use this treatment.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:08 pm 

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What's mineral oil? Never really knew what people meant when they say that. Is it WD-40, johnson's baby oil, engine oil, hinge lubricant or what?

Just thinking, instead of the ziploc bag I'm thinking wrapping it with glad wrap. Keeps the oil/wood contact tighter.


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Another question: How long do your Wa handles last? I like the vintage look and light weight of Wa handles but they don't seem as durable as western handles.


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 Post subject: Re: >> Oiling Wa's <<
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:41 pm 
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I do mine like this....

Once every 3 months - let it rest in the oil for about 3-5 days, then dry & polish with clean cloth.


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rayong wrote:What's mineral oil? Never really knew what people meant when they say that. Is it WD-40, johnson's baby oil, engine oil, hinge lubricant or what?

Just thinking, instead of the ziploc bag I'm thinking wrapping it with glad wrap. Keeps the oil/wood contact tighter.


None of those.

Mineral oil is "is any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of alkanes in the C15 to C40 range from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, particularly a distillate of petroleum". For more info, read the Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil

For our purposes, it is oil that comes in a bottle labeled mineral oil. You just need a "mineral oil" that is safe for human consumption. Baby oil is usually scented mineral oil, not intended for human consumption.

As cedarhouse said in a post:
"The most cost effective way I have found to get mineral oil is to buy at the pharmacy, cvs, walgreens, supermarket, whatever. It is sold as a laxative. It is less expensive than "cutting board" oil and widely and locally available. If you want the Boo Board cream stuff, it is basically bees wax melted into mineral oil, just do a web search for proportions and methods. Cheap and easy."


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