Kingwood knife scales,
Approximately: 140 x 40 x 10 mm.
Common Name(s): Kingwood
Scientific Name: Dalbergia cearensis
Distribution: Brazil (and occasionally from Mexico)
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow.
Grain/Texture: Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.
Common Uses: Inlays, veneers, tool handles, and other small turned and/or specialty items.
Comments: Considered a true rosewood in the Dalbergia genus, Kingwood is among the densest (and probably strongest) of all the rosewoods. There is very little mechanical data available on Kingwood, though given its weight, and its relation to other rosewoods, it’s likely to be extremely stiff, strong, and stable.