Lathering Thor in oil until shiny.

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Many students of Paul Sellers have purchased a Thor 712R hammer on his advice. I am one of those.

You can purchase the hammer with a nylon or varnished timber handle. Naturally I chose the timber one. Whilst it’s a lovely hammer in many regards, the heavily varnished handle never felt all that nice in the hand. So a little while ago I sanded off the varnish, cleaned the head up a little and gave it a several coats of boiled Linseed Oil over the course of a week.

It feels a lot nicer now. Smooth and silky timber without the clinginess of varnish. For what amounted to less than 20 minutes or so of effort, it was well worth it.

April 2020

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