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I just purchased an Otter Ankermesser #174 with sapele wood handle. Should I put something on the wood before using? Otter provides Ballistol with the knife. Ballistol claims it can be used on wood yet when I inquired with Otter they told me to use ballistol only on the blade.



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I've used Ballistol on gun stocks without any issues. It will darken the wood slightly, some more than others. Since sapele is a hardwood much like mahogany, I'm not sure what it would hurt, but if the factory says no, then I would assume they have a reason. Odd that they would provide Ballistol for just the blade though.


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Anyone have any experience with linseed oil?



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It depends if the wood is stabilized. If not it will still be porous. I like Tung oil, or even paste wax and buff. How bout some pictures!
 
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If the wood isn't finished already, some pure tung oil would make a fine finish. Instructions for a tung oil finish are all over the web.

Linseed is similar.

Birchwood Casey's Tru-Oil is mostly linseed oil, with additives, and does a very nice job, and is a little easier to handle than pure linseed or tung oil.




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Real tung is good. I've also used walnut oil with good success; that's a good one because it can be found at nicer grocery stores.





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Tung oil would be great here. I would opt for it over linseed oil, unless you're talking Birchwood Casey Tru-oil, another very good choice.

In any case I would seal the wood first if it's otherwise untreated. Minwax makes a good "Sanding Sealer" for use on bare and unstained wood. I've gotten some excellent results with it.
 
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If you use linseed oil ,please be careful with the rag/cloth if you use it to apply. Once use they can cause a fire.


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