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    Care for stag handle knives

    Hi all. This question is for our knife collector members. Over the years I have acquired several knives with stag handles. Is there a need to apply a preservative or something to keep them from cracking or checking? I want to make sure they go to my Grand Children in great shape. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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    a little mineral oil now and then.
    they really don't require much care unless you use them and have to
    clean/wash the knife.
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    Navajo, may I ask why mineral oil I ask because I have 2 stag antler handles 1 a puma bowie I have had since I was 19, 67 this year. Gar.

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    Stag handles are pretty rugged. Think how well the handles on the well used Puma White Hunters have held up to heavy use over many, many years. I think stag handles are more rugged than bone.

    Again, if you intend them for your grandchildren, don't use them. I doubt use will bother the stag, but debris will get into the hinges and springs, and beneath the scales, eventually. No matter how well you clean, it will never again look as good as a new one.

    But that's no reason not use them. They were made to be used.
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    Love stag and bone on knives. Always wanted Stag grips on my old 1911A1, never got round to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tranteruk View Post
    Love stag and bone on knives. Always wanted Stag grips on my old 1911A1, never got round to it.
    Don't mean to hijack the thread, but just one post....

    Stag grips work well on revolvers, but they tend to on the thick side for a 1911.

    What do you think of horn?

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    Honestly I'm not sure about long term care.
    Here's what I DO know about antler - it is naturally anti-slip.
    That's why they use them for skinners.
    Try it out - wet your hands and grasp the knife. True antler your hands will feel like they've latched onto sharkskin or something.
    If you hands slip then it isn't antler or has some sort of coating on it.
    I would suggest that it's like a lot of organic things - they can be preserved simply by handling them.
    They soak up oils and moisture from your hands and by being used.
    Example - a person who has fine pipes will often rub then against their nose so the oils preserve the wood.
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    just keep them OUT of the DISHWASHER!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Holland View Post
    Navajo, may I ask why mineral oil I ask because I have 2 stag antler handles 1 a puma bowie I have had since I was 19, 67 this year. Gar.



    bone/stag is a natural organic thing....much like a pair of leather boots,
    they simply need something to deter them from drying out.
    most knife gurus agree that the natural oil from your hands will
    do in the matter of daily use...
    and mineral oil is pretty close to that.
    i have a 1967 case stag folding hunter i carry a lot.
    the handle material is in fine shape aside from being worn smooth
    compared to the 77 and 87 knives i have that are identical just
    newer and they are kept in a display box.
    (Case only does stag every ten years)
    WD40 is also something I have used.
    The worst thing I ever had happen was when my wife put
    one of my Puma's in the dishwasher....
    It turned that stag handles white.
    I had to dye them to get them to look right again.
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    Thanks for all the replies. They all make sense. I use two of them often.Both Puma's, mid 1960's era and don't really wash them. Just a little water and wipe them dry then apply a little Eez Ox. I will start applying a little mineral oil to the handles. Thank's again.
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