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I've gotten into the habit of using Spring and Fall time changes as reminders for Johnson's Baby Oil soaks for Ivory, Mammoth, Buffalo handles. Had several soaking for most of the day.

Also slathered oil on some tusks - soaked in so fast I added second coats. Those are gone now too so another coat tomorrow probably wouldn't hurt...

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Great reminder! Thanks! tu2
 
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List the reason for using these products again, please.
I have self-made knives with horn (gemsbuck, wildebeest, kudu) and wood (wild olive, sneezewood) for which I use normal furniture oil.
Is baby oil better?
What about the warthog teeth that I have as decoration?
 
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Karoo, I'm with you on using furniture oil/wax on wooden handles. I've got a can of past wax that'll probably last forever

I first got the baby oil recommendation many years ago in Botswana from from the folks shipping my risks. They made the point that periodic oiling was important anywhere, but especially so in dry environments. Ivory, horn and antler all lose moisture and shrink over time, and cracking usually comes with the shrinking...

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Emory
 
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Thanks Emory
I live in a semi-desert and so this is useful information.
 
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