Hey, I've been experimenting again! Thought this might be useful for knife scales too, so check it out and let me know what you think. You may be able to take some fairly bland wood and give it a whole new look.
I have been getting quite good darkening of some of my handles by using the buffing whee that has been used on brass with white compound.I did a sgian dubh with jarah and a dagger with walnut today and they are dramatically darker than the raw wood.
Not the best pic but will get better ones when I post them on the main forum.