Martha Stewart recommends butcher's wax for the handmade knitting needles. My local hardware store can order two types of Butchers brand paste wax. The Butchers web site indicates that they are a subsidiary of Johnsons. I am assuming that "butcher's wax" is a brand name paste wax originally marketed by the Butcher company. I'm disappointed that his people haven't answered these questions that were posted a year ago and in 1999.