hunter

How To Finish Wood Scales on Knife

Recommended Posts

Seeking advice on how to treat unfinished olive wood knife scales on new knife. It is a hand made Puma IP Paloma . The wood is held in place with brass pins which I do not want to remove and there is a small medallion inset which I also don't want to disturb. I was thinking poly or some type of wax. I welcome all advice. Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tru oil, first coat thinned a bit with some naphtha or mineral spirts works good. Easy to add another coat to cover use.

Can rub out to any sheen later when dry.

Theres some pics of some Turkish Walnut a few threads down  in this section I started.

 

Edited by Dinsdale
  • Like 1

Give it a name, apply human sentiment, and its no longer a wild animal its a Disney character.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the input. Sorry for the delayed response, I typed this the day you posted but was distracted and just realized I never posted. Happy New Years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use linseed oil thinned with mineral spirits on my oaks,walnut, cherry, apple, and hickory handles. Black ash and locus don't take well. No sure on olive.  Lately, I have let that finish dry down a week or so then buff to a high luster on a stationary frame.. It would be nice to pick up some olive wood scraps to practice on before applying it to your piece, to see what appeals to you. 

I have use birch pitch which adds a unique effect to the finish products. Next scales I add will incorporate homemade berry dyes.

Edited by landtracdeerhunter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just did  a little reading on Olive wood.  Didn't know anything about it. Apparently it has natural antibacterial properties. Cool. Thanks 

It appears to be a pretty hard wood. If you want more than just a surface treatment let me suggest a process I have used.  It really can be used with treatment that would rub on and really get it in deep

 

  • Like 1

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

"The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people's money." - Margaret Thatcher

"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.." - James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/18/2017 at 12:27 PM, hunter said:

Seeking advice on how to treat unfinished olive wood knife scales on new knife. It is a hand made Puma IP Paloma . The wood is held in place with brass pins which I do not want to remove and there is a small medallion inset which I also don't want to disturb. I was thinking poly or some type of wax. I welcome all advice. Thanks

How did this project ever turn out?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry I forgot to update but I was advised to leave them untreated. Olive wood has natural oil and doesn't need treatment I was told but thanks to all for your advice.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/30/2018 at 9:44 AM, hunter said:

Sorry I forgot to update but I was advised to leave them untreated. Olive wood has natural oil and doesn't need treatment I was told but thanks to all for your advice.

The problem with untreated olive wood is it can get dirty very easily under use. I also have had some olive wood scales crack from manufactures that didn't stablized the scales correctly.  I'd like to use more olive wood on some of my blanks, being so cheap, I use the hickories and oaks available.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.