Every now and then someone will ask me what they should do to maintain the wood handles on the Trestle Pine Knives. It’s actually pretty simple.
A few of the woods I use on the Trestle Pine Knives are not stabilized due to the amount of natural oil in the wood. Bolivian Rosewood is a good example. Before we go any further, understand that even though a wood handle may be stabilized, it’s still possible for it to absorb small amounts of moisture.
Personally, I’ve used everything from wood treatments available at the local hardware store to Olive Oil. I settled on olive oil for years as it was always available in the kitchen cupboard and I used it on our kitchen knives, wood cutting boards, etc.
When I started carrying the Frog Lube, I switched over to it as I was using it to oil the blades and metal surfaces anyway. Frog Lube is great stuff and I’ve found it works extremely well on both the wood and metal. Plus, it smells good!
In the picture below you can see the ‘white’ spots that are showing as open pores in the dried wood.
In the following picture, I have applied a very light coat of Frog Lube to the Bare End half of the handle and let it sit for about an hour before buffing it with an old piece of bath towel. Whether you use Olive Oil or Frog Lube, give it the wood a chance to absorb it before wiping off any excess. You can see the pores are filled and the luster restored. Pretty simple.
This morning I finally got the Schatt & Morgan #01 Swayback Jacks listed. These are really nice knives and the “Marvel Wood” is particularly interesting.
I wasn’t going to bring in any of the GEC 25’s coming through as I kind of had the sense there was a bit of buyer fatigue with the 15’s and 25’s. My mistake. Last week I started getting requests for reservations so decided to bring a few in. GEC had started to cut back on SFO’s and then turned the full run of Northfields over as an SFO. Interesting. The Tidioute’s will be the ONLY one’s available through the normal distributor network.
And just a quick wrap up, we had another minor local crime outbreak last week I thought I’d share with you. We like to think we live in a pretty safe area of the country but even at that, ‘stuff’ happens. Maybe it’ time we petitioned our local LE to crack down a little harder to stop this kind of crime. In the mean time, buy your locals guys and gals in Blue a cup of coffee. Believe me, they deserve it dealing with stuff like this. In the mean time if you come across a deal on a hot fidget spinner or a wrangled chicken…….. never mind.