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Knife handle oil

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What oil should I use on the handle? The factory coat is coming off. I think itís due to dish soap

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The handle material is PakkaWood.

Iím thinking Mineral or virgin coconut oil?



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that is some very dense wood and does not hold a finish
very well if it is in daily use. (great looking knife, BTW).
if that were my knife, I would wipe off the factory finish with
acetone or lacquer thinner and use it with a raw, unfinished handle.
I have a few very nice knives that are similar to yours and they
never see a dish washer - hand wash only, towel dry, and put away.
try that before you consider putting another oil or finish on it.
(a knife with a slippery, oily handle is not a good thing to have in the kitchen).

[if you really want to apply a finish, I would do a 50/50 tung oil
and mineral spirits wipe every few weeks].

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Pakkawood shouldn't need any finish, it's closer to being a plastic than a wood. Skip the coconut and mineral oils, if you really need something on there a light coat of paste wax will bring some shine out and protect a bit from water. Go easy on it though, last thing you want a knife handle to be is slick.

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I never had it in a dash washer. I always hand wash it but often use soap to clean it as well.

If the raw wood doesnít get damage by water and soap I would just leave it alone.

I wonder what does the manufacture use to seal the wood. BTW the brand is SHUN. Itís very sharp :)


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I think that some homeware gadgets with wood handles or ornaments
just get a quick spray of clear lacquer just for the sales point of view.
after that, it is up to the consumer for future maintenance.

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I never had it in a dash washer. I always hand wash it but often use soap to clean it as well.

If the raw wood doesnít get damage by water and soap I would just leave it alone.

I wonder what does the manufacture use to seal the wood. BTW the brand is SHUN. Itís very sharp :)


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Thats the wonderful thing, what you have isnt raw wood. Pakkawood is essentially plywood thats been impregnated with a phenolic resin. At its base its still technically wood, but behavior wise its closer to being plastic. Soap and water shouldnt damage your handle, so long as you arent letting it soak, and whatever factory finish is on there is likely something thin and light thats there more to make it look good than seal anything. The sheen may dull with time, but again, you can restore that with a quick wipe of some paste wax. Again though, slick is the enemy, so go light on it

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