Re: Oiling a jo
Since you seem to have decided not to seal your weapon, look for a "treatment" rather than a "finish" in your local hardware or woodworking store. Lemon oil and tung oil are excellent choices. Linseed oil does a great job of keeping your weapon moist, but smells like sweet sweet death, and turns white weapons yellow. If your weapon has a pre-existing finish, I would take as much off as possible by alternating rubbing it with a cloth and mineral spirits and a damp Melamine foam cleaning pad (Arm & Hammer makes an inexpensive one).