Hello, New member here with a quick question about haft finishes. I joined Bladeforums with an enthusiastic interest in handmade knives and then I stumbled into the axe subforum. Long short, my first purchase wasn't a knife but a Plumb boys/half axe head in pretty good condition. I'd like to hang a new piece of hickory in 26" range and I'm completely content finishing with BLO but my mind wanders... I have experience with TruOil, spar urethane, spar varnish, and wipe on polyurethane. I've read a lot about raw linseed oil, BLO, pure tung oil, wiping varnishes, 2 in one stains, alcohol based stains under a stain sealer and then under something like Minwax tung oil finish...my head is spinning. Operating under the assumption that polyurethane is quite a bit more water repellent than BLO or tung, why don't more people finish their hafts with a satin poly? Blisters? Tradition? Thanks for entertaining my question. Merry Christmas everyone.