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Species Description: Wood Species

Although not a true Diospyros ebony species, Katalox earned its “Royal Mexican Ebony” nickname due to its great density (which actually supercedes all true ebonies, in that regard) and the fact that, as it ages, it turns considerably darker than when its initially cut and dried. It is known to be generally very durable, making the wood ideal for a variety of applications — although it can be very difficult difficult to resaw (density) and glue, due to its typically high natural oil content. The grains can be straight, irregular or interlocked; it’s texture ranges from fine to medium, with a nice natural luster.

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Sustainability: This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but its supply has been impacted by recent epidemic poaching across Central America (in particular, Mexico).

Common Uses: Inlays, fine furniture and cabinetry, flooring, guitar building, turnings, and other small specialty items.

Comments: Katalox is one of the most dense woods in the world. Despite its somewhat uncooperative working characteristics, its stability and handsome appearance makes the wood a popular choice with guitar luthiers and fine funrniture craftsmen, alike. Its heartwood is among the most durable of all the exotics in the world, but the sapwood can be susceptible to bug holes.

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Botanical Name

Swartzia cubensis

Other Names

Royal Mexican Ebony

Main Color Group

Dark Brown

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

72

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

1150

Janka Hardness - LBF

3660

Janka Hardness - Newtons

16260

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Pen Blanks - Katalox
R51.7513 × 2 × 2 cmPENKATA1001
Weight 0.08 kg
Dimensions 13 × 2 × 2 cm
Botanical Name

Swartzia cubensis

Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Pen Blank

Figure

Various

Title Range Discount
Bulk Blanks 5 - 9 5%
Bulk Blanks 10 - 19 10%
Bulk Blanks 20 + 20%

Katalox Pen Blanks
Price is for one blank
Discounts may be applicable if you take five or more
Blanks will be minimum 13x2x2

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Katalox
R1,104.00214.4 × 19 × 2.3 cmKATA1008
Weight 10.4 kg
Dimensions 214.4 × 19 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board, with minor cracks on one end.

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Katalox
R679.83214.9 × 10.7 × 2.3 cmKATA1007
Weight 5.7 kg
Dimensions 214.9 × 10.7 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board. Lovely colour

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Katalox
R819.52214.6 × 15.5 × 2.2 cmKATA1006
Weight 6.6 kg
Dimensions 214.6 × 15.5 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with minor cracks.

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Katalox
R770.11222 × 17.8 × 2.3 cmKATA1004
Weight 6.6 kg
Dimensions 222 × 17.8 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a minor crack on 1 corner

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Katalox
R772.19237.5 × 13.2 × 2.3 cmKATA1003
Weight 7.2 kg
Dimensions 237.5 × 13.2 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a few minor cracks on one end.

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Katalox
R988.66209 × 16 × 2.3 cmKATA1002
Weight 8.9 kg
Dimensions 209 × 16 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board

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Katalox
R884.43220.5 × 14.5 × 2.3 cmKATA1001
Weight 7.4 kg
Dimensions 220.5 × 14.5 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a few knots and minor defect on one end.

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