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Rot Resistance: Cocobolo wood is very durable and resistant to insects. Cocobolo's natural oils are reported to give it good resistance in wet and dry conditions. Colour: Cocobolo colour variations rang from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Price: Cocobolo is in limited supply and as such is in relatively high demand globally, so it is likely to be more expensive than other woods available. Use: Historically, Cocobolo has been used in fine furniture, musical instruments, turnings, and other speciality wooden objects. Origin: Cocobolo is a native Central America wood.
Rot Resistance: Indian Rosewood is a very durable wood that's resistant to termites. Colour: Heartwood of East Indian Rosewood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Price: In general Indian Rosewood has good availability and can be purchased as board and turning blanks. Usually prices for imported hardwoods tend to be high, however, Indian Rosewood is not as scarce as other types of rosewood and as a result it tends to be a more affordable option. Use: Indian Rosewood has traditionally been used in the production of fine furniture, musical instruments, veneer, turned and other speciality wooden objects. Origin: Indian Rosewood can be found in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Rot Resistance: Olive wood ranges from non-durable or perishable to durable and moderately durable. Olive wood is susceptible to insect attack but this can be avoided with good knife maintenance. Colour: Olive wood is a heartwood, meaning it is obtained near to the pith of a stem or branch, can be cream or yellowish brown in colour with darker brown or black contrasting streaks. Olive woods colour tends to deepen with age. Olive is somtimes figured with curly or wavy grain, burl, or wild grain. Price: Because of the trees economic importance olive trees are seldom available in lumber form with orchard trees tending to be much smaller in size than those found in the wild and therefore as a result Olive wood is not overly expensive. Use: Olive wood is used in high-end furniture, as veneer, or turned objects and small specialty wood items. Origin: Europe and Eastern Africa
Rot Resistance: Rated as very durable; frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications. Colour: Oak Wood is a heartwood that's light to medium brown in colour with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown. Price: Because Oak wood is abundant, availability in a good and available in a range of widths and thicknesses. Oak wood is available in both flatsawn and quartersawn lumber and slightly more expensive than Red Oak. Prices are moderate for this domestic hardwood although thicker planks or quartersawn boards are slightly more expensive. Use: Oak wood is used in cabinet making, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels, and veneer. Origin: Eastern United States.
Rot Resistance: Ebony is rated as being a very durable wood with good resistance to termites and other insects. Colour: Ebony is usually jet-black, with little to no variation or visible grain, occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be present. Price: Ebony is among the most expensive of all lumbers and usually costs around two to three times more than most species of Rosewood. The small size of the tree and its high demand for ornamental work may contribute to its seemingly outlandish price. Use: Small or ornamental items such as piano keys, musical instrument parts, pool cues, carvings and other small specialty items. Origin: Equatorial West Africa.
Rot Resistance: Bocote is a moderately durable to very durable wood depending on the tree species. Bocote is susceptible to insect attack however a good maintenance routine helps prevent issues. Colour: Bocote has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Bocote tends to darken with age. Price: Likely to be expensive and close to other mid-to-high priced exotic hardwoods. Use: Bocote is used in fine furniture production, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, boatbuilding, musical instruments, gunstocks, turned objects and other small specialty wood items.vOrigin: Mexico and Central/South America.
Micarta / G10
Rot Resistance: Micarta has proven to be very durable depending on the manufacturer. Countries known for producing good quality micarta include the United States, Spain and other European countries. Poorly made micarta or 'homemade' micarta are rated as a medium to low durability standard. Colour: There is no limitations to colour options available. Price: Good quality micarta is fairly priced but can vary due to availability and even colours can determain price. Additional Info: Micarta is the name for composites of linen, canvas, or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic. It is used more and more in knife handles and even hand gun grips due to it´s high resistance to time and use. G10: Is a micarta varient made from epoxy fiberglass laminate instead of the linen or canvas. Grade G-10 is used for terminal boards, washers, sleeves, structural components, and parts where the strength to size ratio is critical. G10 is also Fire retardant. You should never confuse G10 Cryogenic with knife handle G10 as the cryogenic version is to with hold subzero tempretures.