The oak on my knife has shrunk around the metal in the dry Canadian winter, so nothings flush anymore.
What should I do to swell it a bit? Tis treated with boiled linseed oil (should've used tung oil) and epoxied to the metal.
While I'm on the subject, should I treat the sheath with oil or wax?
I'm dead impressed desu, not bad for babbys first knife. It cuts and it sits on my hip so what more could I ask for?
Right so neetsfoot oil for the sheath no prob.
I'd kinda rather swell the wood if it's possible, don't have any metal working tools until I'm home again next winter.
If swelling wood is stupid tho I'll abandon the idea
Use oil, BLO should do fine. Don't use any waterbased stuff, that will wreck the woodfibers.
Personally I'd just dunk it in oil, if possible create a vacuum to saturate the pores. Take it out after a couple of days and it'll be good for a long time.
Swelling the wood is a temporary solution. You could soak it mineral oil/inseed oil or something, but it'll be leaching our over your hands for eternity.
Instead, do furniture restorers do and use parafin wax or refinishing wax to fill in the gaps, nobody will see it unless they go looking for it.