Tool box and pocket knives
I got these for Christmas from The Lady -- although technically I picked them up and handed them off to her...
The toolbox is actually sold by Aldi as an "artist's box". But I'll use it as a wooden toolbox.
Because it was unfinished wood, I wiped it with a few coats of Danish oil or tung oil. I used to use boiled linseed oil (BLO) as a simple finish -- but now I only use BLO on tool handles, and Danish oil/tung oil is my general preference for everything else (except for things that get painted!). My paternal grandfather tended to use Danish oil, as well.
Tung oil/Danish oil doesn't particularly protect the surface -- but I believe it at least seals up the pores, so it's less prone to staining.
Exterior -- before:
Exterior -- after:
Interior -- before:
Interior -- after:
So, it made the wood darker -- which was really my main goal.
Also, I got these two "vintage" pocket knives, which we picked up at an antique mall about a week ago.
They were a little dull, but I sharpened them up (including the corkscrew!).
There were many pocket knives at the "stall" at the antique mall -- but these two appealed to me. Probably the color. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge, and you can see the patterns (marbled?) better.
I haven't carried "regular" pocket knives in my "everday carry": instead, I've had two multitools, or a multitool and a Swiss army type of knife. But I'm going to start carrying one of these instead of the Swiss army knife.