Hoo boy, I’ll try to answer them all.Pay attention to how your knife and axe are ground, a flat or very slightly hollow ground is the best. Convex or compund grinds will be difficult to control and can be dangerous.Apple and pear are very hard woods and are often twisted, so not excellent for beginnersNo More Spoons Only Knives Left Shirt I recommend birch.Sandpaper can be used, but start with a course grit and then successively finer grits. 400 is the bare minimum for a smooth finish.
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Don’t use cooking oil, it’ll go rancid! Instead use linseed or walnut oil, No More Spoons Only Knives Left Shirt they’ll harden and form a protective coat. There are special whetstones with a curved side, or you can use very fine sandpaper on a dovel or pipe.Mineral oil doesn’t harden, but it is food safe. Beeswax works fine but doesn’t go into the grain of the wood like an oil would do. Walnut and linseed oil can be bought in different variants and qualities, and a few of them have additives that are not food safe. I recommend raw cold-pressed oil over hot-pressed or boiled.
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Guaranteed food safe linseed oil can be found in health shops or even supermarkets, but they don’t always dry like they should. I was once recommended to Emmet’s Good Stuff. I got some but never used it because I can’t seem to find anyone else recommending it or even knowing it exists. Do you have any experience with that? I have never heard of that before and I suspect that it’s not available in Sweden. Googling reveals it to be some sort of urethane finish. No More Spoons Only Knives Left Shirt I have very little experience with them and similar products, but I’ve heard that they’re good for waterproofing stuff.