Posted 02 September 2009 - 09:26 AM
Salad Bowl Oil. Otherwise known as Food-Safe Mineral Oil. The non-food safe is still edible but, will give you the runs if too much gets into your food and on knife handles this could be an issue. I keep the food-safe stuff around to maintain wooden spoons, cutting boards, etc. and since I have it... So far it has worked well for me and it is extremely simple to fix if the finish ever gets damaged. Granted, these are knives for my own use, something I'm selling, I would consider the Waterlox. In my own kitchen, I insist that the knives I made get washed immediately after use, dried off, and then oiled. Something that is going to somebody else, you really cannot control how the knife is maintained and that extra durability the Waterlox provides will only help your reputation. The way I've seen people treat knives! Nobody takes care of stuff. For kitchen knives I'd probably give them Stainless Steel with a Stabilized Wood (or other plasticized material such as Micarta) handle because they are incapable of maintaining anything else.
P.S. If you have a ton of hammer handles why not sell some and use the proceeds to buy yourself a wider range of handle material?
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