How to Preserve Wood Handle Kitchen Knives

Over time, wood handle kitchen knives dry out from repeated use and harsh detergents.
Keep wooden handle kitchen knives looking brand new.Keep wooden handle kitchen knives looking brand new.
This is a normal occurrence with all wooden knives no matter the brand name or how expensive they were during purchase. You can put the luster back in with a simple and inexpensive pantry item you already have. Better yet, you can do it in just minutes. This process may also be used for wood handle forks and spoons.

Step 1

Pour a small amount of Canola Oil in a small bowl. About 1/4-cup coats 2 to 3 dozen knives.

Step 2

Using a clean paint brush, hold the knife by the blade over bowl and generously coat the wooden handle with oil. Allow any excess oil to drip back into bowl.

Step 3

Wipe excess oil off of the wooden handle with paper towel.

Step 4

Place knife on newspaper to allow oil to soak in and dry. Allow approximately 4 to 6 hours for the oil to completely soak in and dry before putting the knives away.

Step 5

This process may need to be repeated once each year depending on how often you use the knives and your method of washing them.

Things You Will Need

  • Canola oil
  • Clean paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Small bowl
  • Newspaper

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