Sealing Sinew?

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  1. dirt7

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    This seemed like the most appropriate spot for this question, so here goes. If you have used real sinew for a wrap, what do you seal it with? While pine pitch would be ideal, I am not sure if I would be able to find any or make it. Ideally I would like something that isn't glossy, but would protect the sinew from moisture. My thoughts are just a matte polyurethane, but I would love to hear what others have used in the past.
     
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    What did you wrap? Will it get handled frequently?

    I usually shellac the sinew, then apply beeswax over the shellac. Thinned epoxy is very well regarded in the Bowyery world, too, but I've not tried it.
     
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    @OrienM I wrapped the knife where the blade meets the handle, so it will see a good bit of use.
     
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    A few coats of Tru-oil would seal it well.
    knock the shine down with steel wool
     
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    Wow! That is a sweet lil knife right there! Really cool design!
     
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    Yeah, nice work!
     
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    I ended up wrapping this again, staining the sinew and using tung oil to seal it. I'm curious to see how well it holds up with use. Thanks for the input guys!
     
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    I normally just use beeswax. Cool knife :dblthumb:
     
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