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Saya Care

Sat May 18, 2013 7:54 pm

I know this is the Knife Q&A section, but I was curious as to what kind of care yo guys do for your sayas? They're wood, appear untreated, so I dont think there would be a problem with some warm water and soap. Maybe followed by some mineral oil?

Re: Saya Care

Sun May 19, 2013 9:48 pm

ALTOS <> Depends on the saya as not all are raw. Some are oiled, some are lacquered, some are painted, some are composite, etc...

On raw wood - yes, a warm soap solution used just to wipe is fine, but you can treat them just like raw Wa's. When I "seal" handles I let the wood get wet and then let it air dry. This might have no effect on your handles/sayas, but in all likelihood will cause the grain to rise. I then sand it lightly with fine paper, then with 000 steel wool. Slather the handles/sayas pretty liberally with a beeswax/mineral oil paste consisting of 20% beeswax:80% mineral oil mixed in a double-boiler, wipe off excess, let it sit overnight, then buff it in the morning. You could do that a few nights in a row or as needed until the handle feels silky smooth, polished and “sealed” (although, technically it’s not really sealed).

Re: Saya Care

Mon May 20, 2013 12:45 am

Mineral oil applied to handle and saya every sharpening, and whenever either appears to need it (pro re nata).


Re: Saya Care

Mon May 20, 2013 1:03 am

Most sayas are made of untreated ho wood. The simplest thing you can probably do is go buy a $10 can of Danish oil at Home Depot. I use it for handles. It has a mix of oils that will penetrate into the wood then harden. Clean and dry your saya. Apply with one of those cheap foam brushes. Wipe off after 15-20min. repeat 2-3 times if desired. If you really want to protect it, spray it with a couple of coats of polyethylene. Are you in Los Altos, CA? I'm in San Jose.

Re: Saya Care

Mon May 20, 2013 7:48 am

I prefer waxes to oils (personal preference) so I use a furniture wax on my saya's like this one:

http://www.woodcraft.com/PRODUCT/200163 ... MgodcikALA

Re: Saya Care

Mon May 20, 2013 9:50 am

Thanks for all the replies! My saya is just the standard Konosuke, so it looks like its untreated ho wood. I have a beeswax/mineral mix that I use on my boards, so Ill just put some of that on.

4k-nives- No, i dont live in Los Altos CA, Im from Chicago. My screen name is a reference to the Highlands of Jalisco MX.
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