A couple months ago, I decided to begin stabilizing my knife scales. I had no idea as to the process, except for a utube I had seen from a knifemaker in England who made reference to TurnTex and Cactus Juice.
I ordered the vacuum tube, anti-tip kit, 2 oven thermometers, and Cactus Juice. I found the info provided by the website to be very helpful, as well as the enclosed booklet detailing the entire process. Additionally I had a few questions, that were answered immediately.
So far, I have run 3 "batches" of scales through the process, and they have all turned out perfectly. I have stabilized some very soft Spalted Maple and Box Elder as well as more traditional hardwoods. I also made a set of scales for a friend out of yellow pine to match some trim on his home. All the scales turned out very hard, and easily buffed to an amazing luster once properly sanded.
It is a comfort to know, the knives I sell or give as gifts, will be useful for years to come, without concerns of the cracking or other degradation of unstabliized wood.
Thanks again to the folks at Turn Tex for producing great products made in the USA, and backed up by superior customer service!