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Pine Home Outdoors: Maintaining wood and leather tool handles

the wonderful world of Linseed Oil…plus a couple of tips

Hi this is a ridge runner and this is a pine home primitive skills tip for maintenance of traditional camping tools and most of the tools that we use in traditional camping of course are more for the purposes of male feeling good about going out in the woods in the old-fashioned sort of a way there they have wood and or stacked leather handles you know we have these

You remember this knife from our low-budget knives video and it has a stacked leather handle you can see that leather is not in the best of shape and on the other hand we have our new and wonderful condor nest muck which also has a wooden handle and i’m going to see a couple other tools of the same variety and i’m going to show you a quick tip on how to maintain

These things let’s get started here we have a number of outdoor tools we have ourselves a burka cookery and we have a very old and functional true temper hatchet notice both of those have wooden handles we’ve got my sure edge butcher or skinner which is both served as a kitchen duty and lives in my pack for camping in the woods we have our wonderful stacked leather

Handle hunting knife that comes from our low-budget knives video and at the end of the day we also have our condor nets muck now i started out with the condor not smoke and realized that the thing was getting kind of dry and unfortunately the leather sheath that it sits into dries out the wood considerably so the only one of the most important things to remember

About wooden handles they do require care steel knives also sort of the steel on the knives also require care and we’ll cover that in another video the one of the best things that you can use to maintain this stuff this wood is this here boiled linseed oil he doesn’t happen to this this one happens to be clean strip but any brand will do it long as it’s boiled

Linseed oil you can use this on bare wood stocks like black powder rifle stocks you can use it on wooden handles now let’s go let’s treat something really old here and we’re going to go after this old hatchet this stuff can be a little bit touchy you don’t want to get it all over the place because it smells kind of like fish not terribly like fish what if you’re

Deaf wops all over the place and it might make a special odor but see the thing is here i hope you can see it in this thing doing the one-man band here again even this first application what’s a beautiful sheen and what this does is it really would and makes the wood and also adds a protective coating linseed oil is also used in paint to expand paint and make it

So that it flows better but for our purposes this is the only thing you need on the wood huh look at that how nice that is seth looks like a much nice different notes different hatchet than one before the gentleman who owned this hatchet before me a long time ago was a wood it was actually a professional woodsman himself and he maintained his axes obviously with

These that’s why this hatchet is still in business today but it sat in an antique shop for a good long time getting dried out in the sun so we want to apply as much of this stuff into this handle as we possibly can not only doing one side usually i’d pour it all over the place and make sure it goes everywhere on hand patch it handle however i’m showing you what

An application does compared to the original now that’s try when that dries it’s actually gonna be just a slightly less shiny then this is right here let’s flip it over i’ll see how dull that is dry it is i mean that’s with something that’s been well maintained if this had been a poorly maintained xhan hatchet handle it would be in much worse condition this is

A well team maintained for a long time and therefore it actually said intense it actually has a chance of surviving this do the other side quickly just say i did it and we’ll move on where we are now i’ve been working on this one for a while but whoever made this knife didn’t put hardly any anything into the wood at all because it just soaks it right up and as

I said before the sheath that comes with the tens of soak up oil as well so i’ve been putting a lot of oil if you get one of these condor knives i highly recommend that you continually put oil on it for about a week to linseed oil on it for about a week to get this to the point where they the handle will keep the water out because once and once wood gets wet it

Expands and warps and gets water ratalie on there and it’ll rot and all kinds of other wonderful things you don’t want to happen in the in the field wow stacked leather also a really good thing to use this stuff on and i’ll show you what this looks like you can look at it here you get your before and after right from this look at this all right let’s get a little

More oil on there shall we you notice i don’t have any special application tools here so that little high-tech stuff but a nice coat of that linseed oil right on the on here now this i’ve never put anything on so i’m here to tell you that i’m probably going to be putting a few coats on here to make it good but if you got an old stack leather handle and the shellac

That was originally on its long warrant off you can maintain the stacked leather with this linseed oil yes this is pretty much an advertisement for linseed oil now i’m going to go over something else if you notice here a white spot somebody borrowed my hatchet at camp last year or year before last you can still see the divot in there where they dropped another hatchet

Or summer machete or whatever onto this handle i was more than a little unhappy about it and you saw me futzing with this in my hatchets and machetes and big knives video why that’s when i first noticed it as i was making the video you can tell i was very happy about it what i’ve done is i’ve sandy’s he gently sanded until i’ve gotten most of that divot out now i’m

Linseed oil in specifically over that area there because if you leave that chip in there what will happen is that ship will be will tend to split out across the grain so even though properly properly made ax handle we’ll split across the grain and if this way to keep yourself from doing that is to take a little bit of it off and you want to sand it off also if you

Find out chip in the edge of your knife which i don’t have any knives here with chips in them because i’m very good with this but if you have find a chip in the edge of your knife you’re going to need to do the same thing on either side if you find dings or if you buy a knife used and you find dings in the top sand that off use a say in general sandpaper until you

Get that divot out of there because any kind of divot like that is going to add a weakness to that weakness to the blade now we got one more tool here that i’m going to linseed oil handle on so you can see just what kind of tools you can actually maintain with this alright this is my broadsword this goes for the other stuff that i do as a member of the teutonic

Knights inn dagger here battle games and this is the sword i carry for ceremonial purposes and you notice it out it too has a wooden handle on it and the wooden handles on these swords tend to dry out pretty quickly you can see there’s already starting to be some chip it’s there and so therefore any even weapons of destruction such as this need to have the same

Sort of maintenance as your outdoor tools now look at that this is going to require again a few applications to come to a point where i’m going to be comfortable with it now this is a fully battle-ready high carbon steel 12th century taught the 13th century broadsword i think you even find it in up into the 1400s of the 14th century so this blade right here again

Has the the wood will soak this this this oil up and will keep it good now some other suggestions if you don’t want to just use a linseed oil all the time you can use carnuba wax which is this it’s you can get it as clear car wax and rub that into the wood it also does a very good job and i’m have any of it here but it does protect the wood too it wears off though

When you use it we’re going to store it for a while it’s not a bad way to maintain maintain a tool well i hope this helps you a little bit and learning about oiling and maintaining the handles on your axes and other tools will cover a little bit more about this in volume 2 of the of axes long knives and machetes which is going to come up pretty shortly but i wanted

To cover this with you so you’d understand that if you get yourself one of these condor knives which they all come with this kind of wood that the one of the things you’ve got to do to maintain it is to keep it oiled now i’ve actually put oil on the blade as well it actually adds a coating to it which isn’t bad and the this the linseed oil coating anyway and i’ve

Done much more and i’ve used this quite a lot in the kitchen and i’ve actually used it to feel a little bit now again like the tool a lot this is the ridge runner with pine home primitives and primitive and traditional camping signing off

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Pine Home Outdoors: Maintaining wood and leather tool handles By Pine Home Outdoors