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#1 SDC

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 03:55 PM

My first RH-36 has a slightly loose pommel, the second has a slightly loose guard, and the one I got today has both! My plan is to rub neatsfoot oil into the handle now and then to see if that expands the washers over time. Is there a better product I should use to accomplish this? Thanks

#2 Charlie Flick

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 04:13 PM

I would avoid using Neatsfoot oil.  I would use Pecard Leather Treatment. 


Everyone has their favorites but that would be my suggestion.





#3 thorin6

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:12 PM

Pecards is great, but it won't cause the leather washers to expand.  You might try using a piece of cotton thread wrapped around the handle just behind the guard to tighten up the washers.  Properly done it should be just about invisible.

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 07:26 PM

Some times you can steam the handles and get them to expand a little but have to be careful.I have done this to a couple hunting knives then treated the leather with liquid glycerin saddle soap.



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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:33 PM

I've had little luck trying to swell the leather on 70 year old knives, I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere.  I do second the thread approach.

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