Long-term pakkawood scale use?

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Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby TheGiant80 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:05 am

I keep flip-flopping about buying a pakkawood Endura. On paper it's perfection! Classy mahogany scales, funky laminated steel I'm excited to try, and the E4 platform which as we all know is awesome.

I'm wondering how pakkawood changes over time and repeated use. I don't baby my knives, but I don't abuse them either. I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience using a wooden Spydie as an EDC blade. Does the wood darken? Does it dry out? Any input is much appreciated!

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby JuPaul » Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am

Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby TheGiant80 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm

JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am
Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby MichaelScott » Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:31 pm

TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am
Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!
Do you perform any regular proactive maintenance? Mineral oil, etc?
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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby JuPaul » Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:57 pm

MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:31 pm
TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am
Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!
Do you perform any regular proactive maintenance? Mineral oil, etc?
I oil the hap40 blade, but I have never oiled the scales. I wouldn't run it through the dishwasher or anything, but I think the resin used to make it is pretty water-resistant but also won't dry out. I probably would think about oiling the scales before long-term storage just in case, though.
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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby TheGiant80 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:59 pm

MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:31 pm
TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am
Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!
Do you perform any regular proactive maintenance? Mineral oil, etc?
I do not. I'm used to carrying a Pacific Salt daily..

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby TheGiant80 » Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:00 pm

JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:57 pm
MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:31 pm
TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:12 am
Pakkawood is supposed to be very stable stuff. I haven't noticed any changes on my delica or dragonfly, and I live in a very humid area. It looks and feels as nice as it did on day one, imo.
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!
Do you perform any regular proactive maintenance? Mineral oil, etc?
I oil the hap40 blade, but I have never oiled the scales. I wouldn't run it through the dishwasher or anything, but I think the resin used to make it is pretty water-resistant but also won't dry out. I probably would think about oiling the scales before long-term storage just in case, though.
Great info! This is going to be my new EDC blade, so no long-term storage will take place..

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby eRoc » Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:02 pm

I have had my pakkawood Endura for a while, maybe a year or so. I baby it (anniversary gift), but I carry it often (Endura is a little big for my tastes but it makes my SO happy when I carry it). I haven't done anything to the handles, I only keep the blade oiled. It still looks like new. Now that I think about it I don't think I've even had to sharpen it yet.

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby abbazaba » Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:49 pm

I carried the pakkawood Delica clip less in my pocket with my keys four times a week in the office for about a year and the wood still looks like new

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby JuPaul » Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:31 pm

TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:00 pm
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:57 pm
MichaelScott wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:31 pm
TheGiant80 wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:09 pm


Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply!
Do you perform any regular proactive maintenance? Mineral oil, etc?
I oil the hap40 blade, but I have never oiled the scales. I wouldn't run it through the dishwasher or anything, but I think the resin used to make it is pretty water-resistant but also won't dry out. I probably would think about oiling the scales before long-term storage just in case, though.
Great info! This is going to be my new EDC blade, so no long-term storage will take place..
Did you see that they just released a Pakkawood Police model as well? Looks beautiful!
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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby Stuart Ackerman » Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:50 pm

Oiling a Pakkawood scale is like oiling a resin and foam surfboard...
Oil will not penetrate the surface, but it will look like it.
Polishing with a fine abrasive like Autosol etc will make it gleam again after hard use.

Pakkawood is a phenolic resin and layers of a good medium dense wood.
Plywood... if you want to be pedantic.

Pakkawood should not be placed often in a dishwasher, and the repeated heat will de-laminate the layers.

Pakkawood is durable and stable, just clean it when it is dirty and not fuss too much. :)

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby PSquared » Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:42 pm

I have a few Pakkawood handled kitchen knives that have seen a bit of abuse including soaking in the sink and the occasional dishwasher experience and they are fine. I’m sure the makers know that kitchen knives get abused in the average domestic kitchen and if they were going to get masses of warrantee claims from using Pakkawood they would switch to something more robust fairly quickly (or never use Pakkawood in the first place).

You should be fine with common sense care. I will suggest that the HAP40 will need more care than the Pakkawood scales.

As Stuart says, clean it when dirty and don’t over think it.

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby Holland » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:00 am

I bought the delica when it first came out and have used it quite extensively and the handles still look great. Couple dings here and there from dropping the knife, but otherwise they are just as good as when it came new
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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby GarageBoy » Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:47 am

I wish they used a harder wood for pakkawood - I feel like the stuff they used for the shaman handle would dent easily (granted it's also filled with resin)

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Re: Long-term pakkawood scale use?

Postby arty » Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:04 am

I have some steak knives and a bread knife with pakkawood handles that have been in use for more than 50 years. The surface finish is no longer glossy, but they are in good shape.


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