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Katalox

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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
KATALOX
R1,104.00KATA1008
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board, with minor cracks on one end.

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KATALOX
R679.83KATA1007
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board. Lovely colour

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KATALOX
R819.52KATA1006
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with minor cracks.

ab
KATALOX
R1,401.83KATA1005
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Extremely beautiful board

aaa
KATALOX
R770.11KATA1004
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a minor crack on 1 corner

a
KATALOX
R772.19KATA1003
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with a few minor cracks on one end.

a
KATALOX
R988.66KATA1002
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board

aaa
KATALOX
R884.43KATA1001
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

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

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