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#276516 - 08/08/06 11:39 AM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Saarna]
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where can I find tung and linseed oil.




Look for them at woodworking stores, if you have any locally. They are more likely to have them without additives, which aren't likely to be good for you.

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#276517 - 08/08/06 11:42 AM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Richard_Norris]
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Art supply stores as well. I get a really nice, pure, linseed oil, from a local business that caters to artists.

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#276518 - 08/08/06 12:08 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: harlan]
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Would Osh have them? Home depot doesn't so I'm not sure if any of the other hardware stores would.
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#276519 - 08/08/06 03:54 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Saarna]
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Home Depot and Lowes don't generally have anything useful for blades, bokken, scabbards, or any other fine craftsmanship work. Find a good hardware store in your area, not one of the main ones. For our Dallasites, I would suggest Elliot's Hardware. Ask around town for good local stores, you'd be suprised what you can find.
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#276520 - 08/08/06 07:41 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Benjamin1986]
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My favorite thing to use on my bokken periodically is orange oil and beeswax. It is a mix that can be had at the local unfinished furniture store, or ordered on-line. It penetrates well, finishes nicely, and smells good too.
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#276521 - 08/09/06 01:47 AM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: pgsmith]
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ANd that would make the wood stronger? And which do I apply first?
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#276522 - 08/09/06 12:09 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Saarna]
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It does not necessarily make the wood "stronger". Any good oil soaks into the grain. There it lubricates the wood, making it less brittle and less prone to cracking, while keeping moisture out.
Beeswax? I do not know, except it can get very sticky.

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#276523 - 08/09/06 02:05 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: iaibear]
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#276524 - 08/09/06 03:24 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: pgsmith]
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Wood the orange oil act as a sort of finish? Or are tung/linseed oil better?
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#276525 - 08/09/06 05:18 PM Re: Bokken care and maintenance? [Re: Saarna]
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Wood the orange oil act as a sort of finish? Or are tung/linseed oil better?




Eh - there's a lot of personal preference there. All of these treatments protect wood (whatevers) from the effect of changing humidity, which obviously can't be avoided. Lemon and orange oils are light and very penetrant; tung oil is still penetrant but does polymerize a little more at the surface, and (boiled) linseed oil will largely polymerize at the surface. The beeswax also has its effects at the surface. The oils don't dry, per se (it's not evaporation), they polymerize in the wood cells and provide essentially a barrier to moisture. Linseed and beeswax will leave more surface residue (which can be wiped off at application). It's easy to use them in combination as per the earlier link, no need to make successive applications.

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