Thanks, guys for sealing advice. I have so far used a dremel-like tool with a fluffy buffing wheel and some buffing compound. This was after I used 600 sand paper. I think I got a pretty smooth finish. I then used clean wheels to get the compound out of the wood and applied Butcher's Boston Polish Wax. This consists of carnuba, beeswax and turpentine, basically. I wanted to see how my polishing job went and I needed to bring the wood grain out to see it. So I used this product, which is amazing stuff. Now that I learned about the tung oil and other methods that may be more appropriate I will think about doing those on top of Butcher's. I think these things are usually compatible and mostly synergistic. I have some old tung oil that dried up, so that won't do, but I may look into that wipe on poly stuff. Not crazy about it, but poly really does work. Danish oil would be my preference, but it's way too complicated.
Here are some pictures from progress so far.
Handle after first round of finishing