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Old 01-08-2010, 02:14 PM
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I bought an older stag handle knife. Is there a special way to clean the stag?
Old 01-08-2010, 09:38 PM
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I buy and restore old knives as a paying hobby. When I get a stag handled one, I use a soft brass wire brush to brush out the indents. Works very good, but don't be too vigorous doing it, or you can leave grooves, especially if the stag is getting soft. I then finish the grip either some spar varnish if I want to enrich the color, or some clear polyurethane if I like the color of the stag. Good luck with it.
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I use some de-natured alcohol and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The alcohol dries fast and doesnt leave any water residue. But then I immediately rub it down with some Mineral oil or even baby oil. I have to disagree with the polyurethane method mentiond above though... that will seal the stag and may cause more damage in the long term. (if a collectible knife, it will also ruin any inherent value of the knife)

Stag is porous and needs a little bit of oil to keep it optimal. It if dries out to much, then it may crack.

Edit: here is another site detailing the care of stag handled knives
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