Cocobolo wood (Grade A) knife scales,
Approximately: 140 x 40 x 10 mm.
Common Name(s): Cocobolo, Cocobola, Cocabola
Scientific Name: Dalbergia retusa
Distribution: Central America
Color/Appearance: Cocobolo can be seen in a kaleidoscope of different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colors are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age; for more information, see the article on preventing color changes in exotic woods.
Grain/Texture: Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine even texture. Good natural luster.
Common Uses: Fine furniture, musical instruments, turnings, and other small specialty objects.
Pricing/Availability: Cocobolo is in limited supply, and is also in relatively high demand, (for ornamental purposes), and is likely to be quite expensive. Prices should compare similarly to other rosewoods in the Dalbergia genus.