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 Post subject: Sanding down handle and choil
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:10 am 

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Looking for some help, how would I go about sanding down some rough spots on the handle and choil of my knives? what grit and type of sandpaper?



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 Post subject: Re: Sanding down handle and choil
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:42 pm 
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Joseph -

Any sandpaper will work. I'd start with 220 grit and go up until you're satisfied with the finish.

For the choil, use a "shoe shine" motion with the blade secured inside a book and clamped between your legs. If you have a bench vise, obviously that would work better.



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 Post subject: Re: Sanding down handle and choil
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:58 am 

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sounds good, do I need to finish the handle with anything in particular? also looking to re-handle a fujiwara sujihiki with a octagonal handle any recommendations?



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 Post subject: Re: Sanding down handle and choil
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:04 am 

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just saw your website, I will email you soon.



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 Post subject: Re: Sanding down handle and choil
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:04 pm 
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If it's a wood handle, a wax:

https://www.birchwoodcasey.com/Refinish ... k-Wax.aspx

Will be sufficient. I avoid "hard shell" finishes like polyurethane as the tend to crack and flak off.

If it's a pakkawood handle, you may sand through some of the black dye and expose a lighter colored wood. If you can live with it, I'd suggest leaving it as is if you do this. You can recolor the wood, but it's not easy to match.



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