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.