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Mink oil softening knife handles

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I started using (cold) mink oil to treat two knife sheaths, fitted to the knives, and allowed to dry for 2 days.  After I put the knives in them (overnight) I found that the the finish on the handles had softened so I could scrape it off with my fingernail and felt tacky everywhere it had come into contact with the sheath.  If left out of the sheath, it hardens back up in a day or two.

One knife had 5-6 coats of Tru-oil, cured for over a week and was rock hard.

The other knife was treated with several coats of boiled linseed oil.

I use vegetable tanned cow belly leather.  I had been treating the sheaths with hot beeswax, and never had a problem.

Has anyone else experienced this?  I tried coating with hot wax, and it lessened the effect, but still softened some.

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