Stain contrast on a pair of drum sticks
I have this hickory drum sticks and one of them it is a bit darker than the other. I would like them to have an even color without applying heavy lacquer or colored paint. It is also important to have a natural wood feel for the hand grip. Is there a way to use some hand buffing products which eventually will bring the 2 sticks at an even contrast? I don't mind if the wood will go a few grades darker than it is now. This is not a rock'n'roll pair of sticks, which usually gets chopped by a drummer on a drum set. It is more like for symphonic music playing. However, the value of this sticks its about $30, so I am not looking into buying expensive tools and products to work on this project. I am looking more into some fine sand paper, oils and perhaps wood sealing. Thank you.