Knife-Making » Closeup Left

You can see how the Tung Oil really helps show off the natural beauty of the wood.

Lead-free pewter is naturaly shiny, similar to silver. To make lead-free pewter appear with a dull, pewter-colour like real leaded pewter, the lead-free pewter is treated with a special kind of acid that reacts with the tin. I find just the act of sanding the handle prior to finishing, dulls the pewter enough, the Tung Oil and stain also helps dull the pewter, so I don’t really need to mess around with dangerous chemicals.