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    What are your opinions and methods for using pine tar on your tool handles?

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    Even in high humidity/sweat/moisture conditions, I've still been able to maintain a strong, safe grip on the slickest of wood handled axes, shovels, tools and what-not. So I've not ever needed to even experiment with pine tar. A friend of mine does use it and doesn't like the drawback of debris and crud that inevitably sticks to the pine tar. Especially when outside doin' dirt time.

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    I treat my new wood axe and knife handles with a couple coats of BLO, then use my homemade canvas wax when that's done. Something in it (BLO, paraffin, beeswax, and turps) is a little sticky and adds a bit of tack to the handle. This wears off shortly.

    I'm not a frequent axe user though... mostly use it for splitting, and then I prefer a hatchet or shorter axe (GB SFA) for the size wood I normally use. I can and have felled small trees, but prefer a saw for this... can't really see a reason to have to tar up a handle for use, as you don't swing it like a baseball bat. but maybe I'm doing it wrong. (((shrug))).
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    If you want to lower the stickiness you can try birch oil.

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    In old britain, they used to weatherproof their farming tools and steels with a tar mixture.
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    100% Pine tar is good for handles it isn't sticky if aplied correctly. Swipe tar to handle and heat it with fire, blowtorch or hotair gun so it soaks result is tarred non sticky finish.

    2nd method is to make a mixture of about 1/4 tar, 1/4 of BLO and 2/4 parts of turpentine (no whitespirit). The mixture is somewhat traditional puukkohandle finishing "oil".
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    Pinetar was a secret weapon for those dodgeball showdowns in 3rd grade.
    You could catch anything and throw hard with all that grip.
    It was brutal...

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