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Old 12-13-2013, 05:48 PM
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oiling redheart handle

So I have a custom knife made out of redheart hardwood and I was wondering what type of oil should I use and what would be best and fastest at drying. And also how to apply it.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:03 PM
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Search this forum for Tru-oil. That'd be my suggestion, I've used it on purple heart and it turned out great.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:54 PM
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I used to refinish furniture and I think Tru-oil is gunstock oil. And all gunstock oil is simply tung oill. I'd say get some tung oil rather than pay those inflated prices for gunstock oil. But I could be wrong.......someone knows better than me I'm sure.

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Old 12-24-2013, 08:36 AM
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I use Tru Oil too as far as the price I get it at Academy for under five bucks and I can do at least 20 knives with it, maybe more I've never counted. You can keep adding coat to it by letting it dry and scuffing lightly with some 0000 steel wool, shines up wood nice and super hard!

youtube has a video on how to use Tru-Oil very simple.

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:16 AM
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I've restored countless gunstocks with both Tru-Oil and various brands of tung oil. I can tell you that Tru-Oil dries very hard comparatively, which is what I desire in a knife handle. I also think it fills a little better than the tung oils.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:21 PM
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I used to build custom gunstocks and Tru-oil was my perferred finish on them. Tru-oil is mainly tung oil, but it has drying agents in the oil to aid in faster drying. Using pure tung oil may result in the knife handle taking a week or more to dry if there is high humidity.
With the Tru-oil you can get a satin or high gloss finish depending on what you want.

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