I make custom handles for knives. *I love working with cocobolo, and I tend to put it on most of my knives. *It is a rich colored, dense hardwood, that has a natural oily finish which works well in the kitchen, or any enviroment where the knife can get wet.
At first I did not apply a finish as the natural oils prevent most finishes from adhering. *However, I have been experimenting to see if I can improve by using an oil finish, such as the one Liberon makes. *I read where a sealer should be applied before the oil finish, and shellac or lacquer is recommended.
I'm not familiar with how this would work, but I'm told to put a coat of lacquer on first, and then applied the oil finish afterward. *This seems backwards to me, as I thought the lacquer would form a coating that the oil would not penetrate. *I thought the purpose of the oil was to fill the pores of the wood, making it resistant to liquids.
I've also been told not to use any type of finish on cocobolo, because the natural oils served the same purpose.
Any thoughts, comments, or suggestions?