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Question about dyeing/staining Karelian/Masur birch handle

Oct 29, 2012
What would be the best process to go about dyeing or staining a Masur birch handle that is on a finished knife? The color of the wood is little lighter than expected from the maker, and it took 40 days to arrive from Russia so returning it is not an option. I would like to dye this wood handle darker, to a reddish brown or just something darker. Thanks

Scott Hanson

Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
Sep 6, 2014
If it's stabilized you probably can't stain or dye it, if you mess around with it your likely to make things worse.