Hey Fella's - What's the best way to bring back some kind of finish
to older kitchen knifes that have seen their share of water, either from
sitting in the sink for ever or getting beat up by the dishwasher?
TIA - Geo.
Can you clarify? I've got the same issue. I got the "marine varnish"
suggestion previously and went to HD. I got lots of strange looks and
I've got regular wipe-on poly for baseboard trim - is that suitable?
Fix them before they're really bad - much easier that way.
I'd go with plain oil - just your usual can of tung oil-based
commercial finishing oil. Apply it no thicker than usual, but refinish
daily for a week until you start to see it build up.
Actually, you shouldn't put wood-handled knives in the dishwasher. Makes
them really dull and is pretty hard on the handles. SWMBO uses "walnut oil"
bought from a Chicago Cutlery dealer, looks pretty good too.
In the old days you didn't put knives in the dishwasher because
they banged around against each other & other stuff & they would
dull. But the newer dishwashers have places just for knives in
that they isolate the blades from coming in touch with anything
else BUT I'm sure that the high amount of heat mixed with the
water can't be good for the wooden handles. If it were just me,
I would clean them after being used & put them back into the
block or onto the wall magnet but the SO has her own way of
doing things, weather right or wrong But we won't go there.
L8r - Geo.
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