@Community Member thanks bud! Desert ironwood is fantastic! It’s mostly stable, finishes beautifully and works like a synthetic.
My recommendation is cord wrap, micarta, G10 or terotuf for a “working” blade. Anything that will be used and abused.
For a hunting/fishing/camping/BBQ gun belt knife the desert ironwood is really hard to beat.
As far as that finish, it’s really proprietary, but I can spill the beans a bit. you Take an oxygen atom and covalently bond it to two hydrogen atoms, once that’s done it’s just a spray on, wipe off.
On a serious note, I finish wood in tru oil, it’s easy to apply and is low maintenance, and looks good. After 5-6 coats and a light buff in between it will look about like that.
Those pictures are off the belt grinder at 600grit. The wood is smoother once I hand sand down to 400, then back up to 800. And if I really want SHINE I’ll go all the way up 1500-2000 grit BEFORE applying tru oil. Really pops then