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What is put on Ivory to keep some moisture in them.....was it Mineral Oil? I have read in the past on the Forum but forgot.
 

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There was a website - I believe it was Peacemaker Specialists, but not sure - that advised removing ivory grips and soaking them in baby oil (mineral oil) once a year to keep them from drying out.
 

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Other members have said that ivory can shrink, but I do not know what to put on it to keep it from shrinking.
 

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Many people advised the use of mineral oil. I wonder if a good penetrating wax might serve the same purpose. The well known master engraver, Ken Hurst, once gave me some oil that he said came from a sea animal that was supposed to be great for preserving ivory. The stuff stunk to high heavens.
 

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Many people advised the use of mineral oil. I wonder if a good penetrating wax might serve the same purpose. The well known master engraver, Ken Hurst, once gave me some oil that he said came from a sea animal that was supposed to be great for preserving ivory. The stuff stunk to high heavens.
Terry, I've read that Renaissance Wax is good for preserving ivory. I've used it on all my ivory grips. No problems.
 

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Thanks for the information on what to put on the Ivory! I thought I was correct with the Mineral Oil, but was not sure. I have both Mineral Oil and Renaissance Wax and I think I will use the Renaissance Wax.

My two sets of Ivory Stocks are not that old, but just to keep them going I will get them out on my next days off and put Renaissance Wax on them!!!
 

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The tiny cracks seen in the butts of ivory grips are from the shrinking that occurs with age. See here example of extreme shrinkage over time --


Fossil ivory probably centuries in the ground. When I got to working with it the center core separated & came out in one piece ----->
 

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I have also used Renaissance Wax on ivory grips; no problems at all and it was applied about four years ago !
Jim
 
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