Yes! they will spontaneously combust!!! so yes the ziplock bag with soapy water, or burn them or other wise dispose of them where they can not do damage if they do catch fire.. I have worked with wood and things so long I forget that a lot of people do not realize this danger. My apology's for not telling you that. But I would say a good oak for both weapons is what you want. sand them when you get them first! then use them. if you rub them with oil, well I like to use my hands for that. if you do that you want to do it several times that day as the wood will provably 'drink' the oil in. after that I would do it at least once a week for a month or so. then every month or two rub it down for about a year. then at least once a year. they will last a long time if you keep them oiled .