A customer gave us a good question about traditional-type Japanese kitchen knives.
“My name is XXX – I have previously purchase several great knives from you.
I have question you may be able to answer for me.
With traditional Japanese knives fitted with a plain Ho wood handle – what sort of finish should be applied to the timber to protect it from staining and to make it waterproof ? Many of the handles on my knives and others I have seen, seem to be unfinished bare timber.”
The following was our answer, hoping it would be helpful for him.
Therefore your knife can get more durable and will last longer than as is if you reinforce the part properly. The treat looks small but its effect will be big.
2. After confirming that the adhesive is completely cured/dried, scrape off protruded or excess adhesive attached to the root of the blade with a cutter or the like.
3. Warm the handle with a burner or gas range (at the highest possible temperature) to increase the waterproofness of the handle, soak the candle and impregnate the wax (not necessary of beeswax or tung oil, but normal candle wax is ok).
4. Leave it for 2 or 3 days so that the wax will go into the handle thoroughly.
5. Warm up again with a burner and wipe off the wax that will come out.
6. When the handle completely cools, polish the handle so that the surface of the handle and the grip end are sanded with # 600 sandpaper.
7. Sharpen knives.
8. If you tried it and it is OK, it is ready.”
If you have any question and opinion, please feel free to contact us anytime.
Thank you for reading and best regards!
All the Hocho-Knife staff
“Hocho” represents Made-in-Japan (Sushi / Sashimi) Kitchen Knives,
that is the soul of the cook!
Kyoto and Hyogo, JAPAN