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Looks good. First batch of wood I ever sent off to WSSI was mostly Oak, mainly red Oak, but some white and water thrown in. Basically went through the fire wood pile for anything with an interesting figure, and they came out great. White oak and water oak have a much tighter grain than red oak, but they all looked good stabilized.
I have a good friend who likes and accumulates old furniture. Most of it is quarter sawn white oak and is some of the most beautiful wood I've laid eyes on. But it's hard to capture that 'look' in a piece as small as a knife handle, compared to a desk, or other piece of furniture.
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I agree the beauty of oak is seen best on objects larger then a knife handle.
I finnished an oak dining table here and love the rays and grain.
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That handle looks stellar, as does nice quartered white oak in fine Arts and Crafts furniture. I agree that fumed oak would look wonderful too.
I think oak gets a bad rap because of the bland, poorly stained, flatsawn red oak used in so many kitchens and bargain furniture. In my subconscious it always looks cheap to me.
Your oak handled knives have always elevated oak to a much higher level. The cuts you choose and the fact that you use the finer pored white oak help. Most red oak I've seen and used is much more coarse and not all that pretty.
I do have a quartered and curly board of red oak that is being saved for a nice project down the line, but overall red oak is "meh" to me.
Oh, and firewood piles are a treasure trove of figured and gorgeous wood that will never be found in a hardwood dealership.
It's cheap, maybe free and with a bit of sweat, can turn out some really nice smaller projects. Get a decent bandsaw and jointer and have at it.
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