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Old 02-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Polyurethane on Chicago Cutlery Wood Handles

The wood handles on my old Chicago Cutlery knives absorb stuff and look grungy. I sometimes sand them down and oil them with walnut oil, but it doesn't last long.

I'm considering coating them with varnish (i.e. polyurethane).

Anyone done that? Other solutions?

Thanks.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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I've tried the polyurethane (Varathane) route and concluded I'm better off heavily treating handle by heavily soaking in a mixture of mineral oil and paraffin.
I prefer the feel of the unvarnished walnut and take care to only do a light washing of the handles. I'm leery of flaking and peeling of the Varathane finish, particularly at the front of the handle where it joins the blade.
I get enough exposure to plastic from plastisol jar lid liners.
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Since I have a surplus of knives, I can afford to take one out of service to thoroughly soak its handles, wrap the wet handles in dry film wax paper and let the knife sit in a warm dry place for several weeks.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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Good tips -- yes, I think I'll skip the varnish.
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