Ebony: Diospyros spp. Ebony wood is perhaps the most classic knife handle wood, with Pharohs of the Egyptian old kingdoms using it as far back at 5000 years ago. With its dense, fine grain capable of taking a mirror polish, silky black color and excellent hardness, ebony is a clear choice.
I stock a variety of ebony species, with my main fare being the rare Sumatran ebony, known for its jet black and pale, silvery striped grain. All ebony sold is dried.