Wooden steam knob for Gaggia Classic` ## NO INSERT ##

Wooden steam knob for Gaggia Classic` ## NO INSERT ##

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Stock situation:
  Walnut : Plenty of them
  Wenge : Still in double figures
  Ash : Plenty of them
  Olive : Still in double figures
  Oak : Plenty of them
  Boring Olive : Plenty of them


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These beautiful and tactile wooden steam knobs are custom designed and produced by us, using the same supplier for the wood as our portafilter handles. 

These are the same as our standard wooden steam knobs, but don't include the plastic insert - instead they have a circa 12mm dia x 20mm deep hole drilled into them.


  • Diameter:  approx 34mm tapering to 32mm (as per the original plastic knob)
  • Length: approx 35mm  (as per the original plastic knob)
  • Material:  Wooden (see options for individual woods)
  • Supplied similar to the image shown, but without the plastic / spring insert

As the wooden knobs are a natural product, the graining and colour of the wood can differ slightly from that shown.  Hence it is possible to have variances in the wood graining and staining. Also whilst we try hard to protect the wood from any damage, as they are commercially manufactured wooden handles they may occasionally have small imperfections - though this obviously doesn't impact performance.

If you order both a wooden handled portafilter AND a wooden handled steam knob of the same type of wood, within the same order - we will make best endeavours to match the grain and colouration of the handle and knob as well as possible at the time and given the stock available. NOTE that our current walnut knobs are typically a darker stain than our current walnut portafilter handles.

We now have walnut, white ash, wenge, oak and olive knobs - but if you would like us to have other types of wood as well, then please drop an email to info@shadesofcoffee.co.uk and let us know your preference.  If enough people want them, then we'll get other types.

OLIVE:  These are split into two types of Olive; either "Olive" (where we select knobs that have some reasonable character and visible grain) and "Boring Olive" (which are olive wood, but have very little or no dark visible grain and are much plainer than the regular Olive.  

OAK: Due to the coarse grain and the nature of oak, the grain on the knobs is often very tactile and obvious, and almost 'rustic' - hence oak knobs do NOT have an entirely smooth surface finish, it varies due to the grain.

Oiled wood care and maintenance:  Many of our wooden products have a varnished finished, though the olive, oak and walnut wood products are special and have an oiled finish - which typically benefits from periodic maintenance in order to enhance the appearance and feel of the grain, prevent any issues with cracking and increases the longevity of the wood.  As required, the wood should be lightly reoiled with food grade mineral oil (not olive oil or vegetable oil as this won't usually dry) - we find that very lightly sanding the handle with a very fine sandpaper before applying oil can also help the oil to be absorbed and makes the surface super-smooth after application.  Ensure the wood is dry and dust free by rubbing with a dry cloth, and then simply pour a little food grade mineral oil onto a cloth and rub this into the surface of the wood, leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes, the reapply - and after a further 15 minutes use a dry paper towel or cloth to remove any excess oil. That's it!

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