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Care for birch handle on fallkniven sk3?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jemab, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. jemab


    Mar 21, 2006
    I am looking for some advice for caring for the birch handle on my little fallkniven sk3.

    Any recommendations for how often and what to use for these natural wood knife handles?

    What risk is there for discoloration/ darkening?

    Thanks in advance for your help-
  2. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    I just rub the wood with a drop of boiled linseedoil every now and then.
    When completely saturated, it gets a satin and somewhat darker/richer color.

  3. herisson

    herisson Knuckle dragging and mean minded Neanderthal Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    ROSarms has a nice tutorial on caring for stacked birchwood handles (ROSarms International on BF). I believe your Fällkniven is massive birchburl. It's arctic birch, a slow growing wood. While it's relatively soft, its high density makes for very durable knife handles. I imagine Fällkniven would stabilize it. If this is not the case, as said above, a drop of neutral oil once in a while (my choice is camelia / teaseed oil) will waterproof it. If the handle gets greasy / dirty, a soft rub with fine grit sandpaper will restore its original aspect. Complete with a rub of said oil. Yes, the colour will get richer, darker, a kind of shiny gold brown. Gorgeous.
  4. katanas


    Jan 6, 2012
    I just use Old English lemon furniture oil. :thumbsup:
  5. Freedom Pullo

    Freedom Pullo Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 31, 2015
    If you are worried about discoloration I would suggest a drop of mineral oil.
  6. DB_Cruiser


    Jul 17, 2018
    I rubbed a bit of boiled linseed oil into the handle of my Helle Dokka, which has a curly birch handle. This darkened the handle a little and brought out the character and detail in the wood. Now I just occasionally rub a mix of beeswax and mineral oil on the scales (maybe once or twice a year).
  7. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    I've had my juni for 5+ years and use it frequently as.my edc. I just rub in a few.drops of ballistol. It's still pretty light colored. I'd say its.picked up more darkness from my hand than what I'm treating it with. It's a solid performer. Use it and enjoy it.
  8. jemab


    Mar 21, 2006
    Thanks for all the replies! Super helpful.
  9. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I use tung oil on all my wooden-handled implements: axes, Roselli and Helle knives, even canoe paddles. It seems to weather longer than boiled linseed oil.

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