Originally posted by Chris Li
I actually haven't seen that much difference between oiling and not oiling, but YMMV if you live in a very dry area, I suppose.
Tung oil and boiled linseed oil are supposed to polymerize, thus giving you a nice yummy candy coating on your weapons. If you saturate your wood with tung oil or anything else that polymerizes, I think you may find that your wood becomes somewhat more impact-resistant...I think this is the theory behind "stabilized wood." Of course, I don't have the laboratory tests to back this up, so whatever works for you.