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Balistol and glue between handle scales

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Nicolai, Dec 7, 2018 at 7:25 PM.

  1. Nicolai


    Hi guys, first post on this forum :) English is not my main langue since i live in Denmark, so please bear with me ;) Well, i have a question, so here goes:

    I use Balistol for all my wooden knife handles. However, the last day i was wondering, could the Balistol penetrate between knife scales on full tang knifes ( the ones where the tang is exposed between the knife scales like a sandwich ), and dissolve any glue/epoxy used to attach the knife scales to the tang? I could not get rid of the thought, so i decided to ask you guys for some peace of mind. I hope i explained my question so it makes sense, as said, english is not my main langue ;) Best regards, all the way from Denmark :) Nicolai
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  2. DanG


    Jun 20, 2001
    Several famous german gunsmiths told me that Ballistol is known for slowly dissolving the glue of scope mounts. So yes, your concern is well-founded.
  3. bucketstove


    Sep 23, 2014
    I doubt there is much to worry about,
    you can always ask ballistol directly
    Read all about it

    Ballistol contains the following ingredients:
    Mineral Oil
    Potassium Oleate
    Ammonium Oleate
    Oleic Acid
    Benzyl Alcohol
    Amyl Alcohol
    Isobutyl Alcohol
    Benzyl Acetate
    Isohexane (aerosol only)

    Ballistol is fully compatible with all metals including aluminum. However, Ballistol dissolves traces of copper, zinc, lead
    and tombac and can, therefore, be used to clean brass, bronze and silver.
    BallistoL is compatible with all types of unfinished woods. Ballistol is compatible with paints and varnishes which are
    chemically resistant to petroleum. Caution is recommended when using Ballistol on antique furniture or antique musical
    instruments. Paints and varnishes from past centuries may not be resistant to Ballistol.

    Ballistol and Ugly, Dirty, Glue!!!! | BladeForums.com
  4. Nicolai


    Thanks for the reply guys :)
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  5. Nicolai


    I just contacted Balistol, just to be sure :) Btw, if i need a oil that can be used to preserve any type of wood, is non toxic, is totally safe on glue, what do you guys recommend in the case that i quit using Balistol? And is it okey to change the oil used to preserve a piece of wood, when i already have started with using Ballistol?

    Best regards, Nicolai
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018 at 6:55 AM
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  6. bucketstove


    Sep 23, 2014
    As a substitute for ballistol mineral oil,
    you can use mineral oil from the pharamacy (cheapest unscented)
    or baby oil (cheapest scented)
    or butcher block oil (expensive) ...

    I'm not sure why you're adding it to wooden handle
    what kind of wood is it? is it stabilized wood (finished knife)?
    @Bill DeShivs says
    buff on some paste wax aka Kiwi nutral shoe polish
    There is no reason to oil stabilized wood.
    Olive wood , iron wood... does not need stabilizing.
    The only oils that should be used on wood are drying oils like boiled linseed, tung, etc.
    If anything is absorbed into wood, it will swell the wood-water included.
    Unless whatever is absorbed hardens, it softens the wood.
  7. Nicolai


    Thx for the reply. Im not really sure if the wood is stabilized, i have never had a knife that i knew 100% had stabilized wood handle. I dont think so thou, all my knifes with wood handles looks to me like its not stabilized. Its all kind of woods, olive wood, pakkawood and a lot i dont know what wood is used. I was told to oil the wood handles, so they did not dry out. was that wrong? Should i not use any oil on woodenhandles? Since i already have used ballistol, is okey to switch to another oil now?

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