Sugi Cedar: Cryptomeria japonica: Rarely seen in the U.S, Sugi cedar is incredibly popular in its native japan. Used as a rot resistant wood for carving and instruments, it is often used as an upscale knife handle wood, as it has greater rot resistance than simple ho wood. Figure in Sugi is very rare, but these stock is glowing. The ultra fine grain and lack of pores means sugi can be polished to a stunning finish, and the professional stabilizing means it is durable and completely waterproof. With amazing curl and a storied history, sugi is the first choice for classic Japanese cutlery.