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KNIFE TALK => General Discussion => : Grease-man October 31, 2006, 12:31:07 AM

: Handle material
: Grease-man October 31, 2006, 12:31:07 AM
Anyone ever used Black Palm wood for handle material?  I have some and am kind of wondering if it would benefit from stabilization.  I was working with a thinner section of it the other day and it seemed a bit dry and cracked  some when I drilled near the edge.  Anyone else have similar experiences/suggestions?  Thanks.

: Re: Handle material
: Ed Fowler October 31, 2006, 04:15:16 PM
This is how I work wood handle materials:
First I weigh the material on my reloading scale and measure with an accurate measuring device,
then place in a food dehydrater for a week.
If it shows no weight loss of change in dimensions I work it up, then finish it with Formbys Tongue Oil Finish.
Snakewood and iron wood are finished with Tree Wax.
Years ago I had some black palm wood, this system worked real well.
Good Luck

: Re: Handle material
: Grease-man November 05, 2006, 02:54:00 AM
Thanks for the advice Ed! I just happen to have some some tung oil around the house. I'll work it up and go from there.

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