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Sade McCraw

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Hello all, I was wondering if there would be a kind and generous soul, or maybe even several souls who would be willing to share a recipe for finishing a wooden knife handle. I'm working with a piece of Bocote and it definitely seems to be the kind of wood that could use a sealer and finish. I also just completed a camp knife with an African blackwood handle. Now it doesn't seem to need anything, but I just want to make sure. Thank you very much.

I just realized that I placed this topic under the wrong category, please forgive me, and thank you for your patience.

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Hi Sade,

 

I've had great success using Waterlox Tung oil finish. It applies easily,

builds a good coat in 2 or 3 applications, and if it gets marred or scratched

it re-coats very well. Altogether, good stuff.

 

Bill

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Hi Sade,

 

I've had great success using Waterlox Tung oil finish. It applies easily,

builds a good coat in 2 or 3 applications, and if it gets marred or scratched

it re-coats very well. Altogether, good stuff.

 

Bill

 

Hello Bill, thanks a lot, that's great. Is Waterlox a brand name?

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Hello Bill, thanks a lot, that's great. Is Waterlox a brand name?

 

 

 

I'll jump in here if I may. Waterlox is the brand name. If you put it on with a rag, let soak in a while and wipe off with another rag, it gives a nice oil finish. Or you can keep coating it and get a deeper clear finish. Its good stuff, its soaks into the wood and then hardens,making the handle basically waterproof.

 

Tony G

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I'll jump in here if I may. Waterlox is the brand name. If you put it on with a rag, let soak in a while and wipe off with another rag, it gives a nice oil finish. Or you can keep coating it and get a deeper clear finish. Its good stuff, its soaks into the wood and then hardens,making the handle basically waterproof.

 

Tony G

 

O.K., sounds good, seems like it's just the stuff I'm looking for. Thank you very much.

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I was never satisfied with my oil finishes until I began thinning my linseed oil with turpentine, about a 50/50 mix seems to penetrate much better.

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I find that Walmart has a gun stock oil finish, It is called Trueoil .It drys fast and makes a realy nice finish. I hope this will help.

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On the African Blackwood, sand to a very fine grit then buff it with a good finishing compound. If you don't have a buffer, put a buffing wheel on an electric hand drill. That wood is so oily it doesn't need anything else. For anything else that needs sealing I use boiled linseed oil. It's cheap and easy to get. I just stabilized some black palm with it under a vacuum. I may try cutting it with turpentine the next time as the oil seemed a little thick.

 

Doug Lester

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