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How to Take Care of Your Wooden Handle Knives?

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How to Take Care of Your Wooden Handle Knives?

We all adore knives with wood handles since they feel wonderful to hold, have soul, and are cosy to use. The only real maintenance required for a knife with a wooden handle is to oil and wax it to counteract the effects of moisture and/or dryness.

Why Is Wooden Handle Knife Maintenance Important?

Wood can get dry. Wood is a natural substance, so whether you use it or not, it will be impacted by seasonal atmospheric variations (summer and winter). There are many tales of wood swelling (in comparison to where it was manufactured) or shrinking when transferred to drier or more humid locations. Some varieties of wood are more prone to this than others, but in general, a well-oiled handle will feel better, look better, and be less likely to move.

In order to make the wood more resilient, less likely to warp, and typically brilliantly coloured, stabilised wood handles are typically made of softer woods like burls that have had all of the pores, holes, and superfluous space filled in with esin. It's vital to remember that they are "less likely to warp than never.

While some non-stabilised woods are naturally extremely oily and/or very dense hard woods that are thought to be rather "stable," they can still expand and contract a little, so they can still be regarded as fairly "stable".

Any sort of wooden handle will benefit from routine treatment using oils, waxes, and conditioners, whether the wood has been stabilised or not.

How Should Oil Be Applied to the Handle?

It is crucial to understand that there are numerous approaches and tips for caring for hardwood handles.

Before rubbing oil into the knife handle, clean it with a damp towel.

Applying a few drops is sufficient most of the time and can be done with just your fingertip. It's crucial to generate some heat while applying your chosen treatment since it promotes absorption into the wood fibres and aids in the breakdown of any wax that may be present.

By using the following basic guidelines, you can determine when the wood has received enough oil: If the surface still seems "wet" after 10 minutes or more, there is no more oil that can be absorbed by it. You can apply more if there are any dull spots.

What Oils and Waxes Can Be Used on Kitchen Knives?

1.Denmark oil

a widely used oil that firmly penetrates wood thanks to a Tung oil-based combination. It is essential to massage the handle with a dry piece of cloth after applying and letting it dry. The wood's inherent pattern is best displayed in this way, but you should also brush off any extra Danish oil before continuing. if you let the surface dry completely. Danish oil has the benefit of preventing the wood from drying out as rapidly after application.

2. Raw Linseed oil

Yet another treatment from the past Apply a light coating, let it dry, and then rub it to get rid of any remaining oil. Linseed oil that has been boiled is likewise well-liked and dries more quickly than uncooked linseed oil, which is fantastic but is caused by chemical accelerators that some people's skin may be sensitive to.

3. Mineral oil made for food

Most cutting board finishes already include this finish, making it one of the simplest options as it is easily accessible from most chemists (just make sure it is food grade and not cosmetic grade).

4.Walnut oil

Walnut is preferable to mineral oil since it actually causes the wood to cure, which is what you want. It won't become rancid, unlike natural, but it does cost a little bit more.

5. Conditions, waxes, and polishes

These are made from a blend of waxes and oils (beeswax and carnauba wax), providing your wood finish with an unmatched gloss and preserving its inherent beauty. I have a tin of [Cutting Board Butter] that you may purchase here.

Why Should Olive Oil Not Be Used on Knife Handles?

According to an urban legend, you can use olive oil (including sesame, peanut, and coconut oils) to maintain cutting boards or wooden handles. And that is accurate in the short run. The drawback is that it will eventually oxidise and go rancid, which will smell bad and is not what you want.

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