From equatorial Africa, Gabon Ebony is usually found in wet lowlands near rivers and swamps. Devoid of color, Gabon Ebony has ink black with lighter streaks. Only a small percentage of Ebony (three to five percent) produce the highest quality jet black Ebony. Most logs contain 50-70% sapwood with deep heart checks and voids in the heart with fall off of 80-90%. Ebony is hard and costly to produce, which makes it a rare species to obtain. It is difficult to work, glues satisfactorily, and has a tendency to want to split, but takes a really nice polish that makes it worth the work. Ebony is a treasured hardwood that was used by the Egyptian Pharaohs over 3,000 years ago. Diospyrus crassiflora.
The wood in this special has been air dried for one year, is fully wax sealed, and contains some residual moisture. This batch is exceptionally black Gabon Ebony that is very rare. A few boards have interesting color streaks that you can see in the photos of each piece. Some of the machete edges have been left intact. An occasional check on the edge or face may be present. This is all “A” Grade, high quality material.