Wild Olive Wood (Olea europaea)
This is a well-known hard, heavy, strong and finely grained wood. The sapwood is pale brown and the heartwood brown with yellow-brown blotches and dark brown annual rings. The wood is fragrant, easy to work with and produces a particularly smooth finish.
This wood is exceptionally suitable for knife handles, ornaments, furniture and very popular as inlays for furniture. The Wild Olive tree is a very slow grower and the wood is very dense – stabilization is therefore not necessary when using this wood on a knife handle.
Pink / Red Ivory Wood (Berchemia zeyheri)
This wood is exceptional hard and heavy. The sapwood is pale biscuit-coloured and the heartwood is bright red and fine-textured. The colour of the heartwood changes to brown when exposed to the sun. This wood is used for ornamental purposes and very suitable for knife handles.
Tamboti ( Spirostachys Africana)
This wood is exceptional and well-known. It is a very heavy, hard, finely textured and oily wood. The sapwood is narrow and yellowish. The heartwood is dark brown with paler and darker blotches. Very hard which make it hard to work with. The finished product has a smooth finish and this wood is very suitable for knife handles and no stabilization is needed because of the natural density of the wood.
When working with this wood definitely wears a respirator as the wood contains chemicals similar to coca bolo wood. Tamboti wood has natural insect repellent properties.
Black Ivory Wood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)
This is a very hard, finely textured, heavy and exceptionally durable wood. It produces a beautiful and smooth product. The sapwood is narrow, dirty to bright yellow and the heartwood is pitch black – sometimes with dark brown striations.
Due to the density of this wood it is used to produce musical instruments like flutes. It is also used as inlays in gun grips and furniture and very popular as handle material on custom made knives.
Mopane/Mopani Wood (Colophospermum mopane)
This is a very hard, heavy and durable wood. Mopani has a thin yellow to light brown sapwood and dark red heartwood. No stabilization is necessary for this slow grower as it is one of the most dense woods in Africa. Elephants love the leaves of the Mopani tree which resemble camel hooves.