Custom Knife Care (Blades&Handles)

Written by Rhonda Erline

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Knife handles that are made from domestic wood ( wood withinrepparttar U.S. such as Birdseye Maple, Oak, Basswood, Walnut and Maple, etc), usually do not have their own oils and if not stabilized, may need a little extra care to keep them from drying out. There 3 ways I know of to help wood handles of this type.

Apply a light coating of furniture wax and a good hand rubbing which will help protect it from moisture.

Apply a small amount furniture polish with a moisturizer. I use a furniture polish that has a moisturizer and lemon oil. The polish cleans and givesrepparttar 136031 wood some protection from water and stains.

Linseed Oil can also be use as a preservative on wood handles. Whatever you choose to use always wipe off excess.

Leather stacked handles can be cleaned with a all color saddle soap which gives it some protection against moisture. You may also preserved them with a good quality leather treatment such as mink oil, always wipe off excess oil or soap.

Synthetic handles (man made) such as Micarta, G10 and its variants also require little care other than good cleaning. These type of Knives can be placed in a dishwasher, although extreme care should be taken to make surerepparttar 136032 knife blade does not bang against other object as this could damagerepparttar 136033 cutting edge.


Leather sheaths over a period of time get dirty andrepparttar 136034 leather can dry out get cracks and splits and need to be cleaned. This is best done with a saddle soap (for all colors) or any good leather soap or mink oil. I find that using Kiwi Outdoor Saddle Soap periodically works real well. It cleansrepparttar 136035 leather, keeps it supple and helps protect it from moisture. Periodical cleaning ofrepparttar 136036 sheath will ensure that it does not dry out and split. However, do not overduerepparttar 136037 leather oil products as this will cause your sheath to lose its molded form. If that happens, your sheath will not securely holdrepparttar 136038 knife.


Every knife blade with prolong use will need sharpening. More people are hurt from using a dull knife; more pressure onrepparttar 136039 knife is needed to cut and this extra pressure at times causerepparttar 136040 knife to slip. Keep you blade well honed. Probablyrepparttar 136041 most difficult part of honing your blade is maintainingrepparttar 136042 correct angle. There are many good sharpening systems out there that will help you and make it easy for you to getrepparttar 136043 correct angel. Lansky sharpening system is easy to use and helps getrepparttar 136044 correct honing angle. It also does a wonderful job of sharpening. Marvin Poole uses this system to sharpen dull knives.


Always make sure your knife is clean then store it at room temperature. Do not store your knife in a leather sheath, rememberrepparttar 136045 chemicals used in tanningrepparttar 136046 sheath can cause stains and rust on your blade. Itís easier if you store your knife inrepparttar 136047 same location asrepparttar 136048 sheath, that way when you are ready to use it everything is right there and ready to go.

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How To Win Your Customer Service Battle

Written by Andrew Lawrence

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3)repparttar next few paragraphs are where you staterepparttar 135984 background ofrepparttar 135985 problem. Here you staterepparttar 135986 most pertinent FACTS of whatrepparttar 135987 problem is,repparttar 135988 nature ofrepparttar 135989 problem, why and how it's a problem for you. Keep it short (3-5 short paragraphs).

4) next comesrepparttar 135990 ending paragraph where you tell them what you want. I use "I would appreciate it if someone of appropriate authority would look intorepparttar 135991 problem and takerepparttar 135992 necessary and immediate action to remedyrepparttar 135993 situation. Thank you very much."

5) put your name, phone number, order number, customer service case number etc, (if applicable) atrepparttar 135994 bottom ofrepparttar 135995 email.

6) next, we will getrepparttar 135996 email address ofrepparttar 135997 organization's CEO or president or director or whoever is ultimately runningrepparttar 135998 organization ...repparttar 135999 #1 big boss. Why? Because apparently no one else in his organization seems to be able, or willing, to resolve your problem ... so now we are going to bring it torepparttar 136000 attention ofrepparttar 136001 top dog! Yes, this does work and yes, if you are a customer you deserve to get your problem resolved. I don't care how bigrepparttar 136002 organization is, somebody is running it and is ultimately responsible. That's whose email address you want. With a little hunting this can often be found on their website, under Aboutrepparttar 136003 Organization or Executives, etc. If you cannot findrepparttar 136004 email address ofrepparttar 136005 head honcho then CALLrepparttar 136006 main number ofrepparttar 136007 organization (unless it's out ofrepparttar 136008 country; thenrepparttar 136009 phone call may be too costly). Ask forrepparttar 136010 Office ofrepparttar 136011 President. They should connect you. If asked why simply state that you "have to email him some important documents". Do NOT go into a whole story, do NOT get sidetracked, just getrepparttar 136012 head person's email address and get offrepparttar 136013 phone.

7) addressrepparttar 136014 email torepparttar 136015 CEO, president, or whomever runsrepparttar 136016 organization.

8) sendrepparttar 136017 email.

After you have sent your email, standby for action! It is not unusual for a legitimate organization to respond reasonably quickly so be prepared. And don't be surprised if you get an immediate resolution of your problem. I have used this technique for many years and have had remarkable success, resolving many different and difficult types of consumer problems, both common and rare, with organizations ranging from small local businesses to giant multi-national Fortune 500 companies.

If you are inrepparttar 136018 midst of a customer service battle, and want to win it, try this technique. Can you win every single customer service battle? You probably can not win every single customer service battle but, with this technique, you can win enough of them to regain, and keep, your power as a consumer ... and a person!

Andrew Lawrence is a former Wall St professional, has been an avid consumer for over 30 years, and rarely loses a customer service battle. He now offers his expertise to help others to win their consumer battles, at

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