During this series, we have discussed various tips for caring for your handmade knife and other products. In Part 3, we will talk about our woods.
Our handles, boxes and stands are made from the highest grades of exotic woods available. A huge percentage of the products on our web site were made using Hawaiian curly koa wood. Our curly koa wood boxes are unique and exotic pieces of art.
Koa wood is one of the most rare woods in the world and is exceedingly beautiful. It ONLY grows in Hawaii. Most of the available koa wood comes from our island. It is also highly protected.
We value the environment as much as you do and respect the land and the trees that grow only here. This is why we ONLY use reclaimed, and sustainably harvested wood sold by state licensed wood dealers. Normally, this means the koa tree was felled due to wind, disease, through state mandates for clearing due to roads, or other forestry reasons.
Only a very small percentage of the tree contains the amazing curl you see in our knife handles and presentation boxes. It is classified as 'premium', 4A, 5A, instrument grade, exhibition grade, flame, and I am sure some other terms. You can rest assured, we use only the highest grades of wood in our handles and boxes.
All of our koa wood has been thoroughly kiln-dried, plus receives multiple coats of protective sealers.
Koa comes in many colors, depending upon exactly where it grew and the amount of minerals in the soil at that location and elevation. While we cannot guarantee what color will emerge in your handles or box, we can guarantee the wood was picked with great care and every care given to meet your custom requests.
Koa wood is a gift of nature. Whether blonde, golds, browns, or deep rich reds, we hope you enjoy the uniqueness of this wood as much as we do.
To recap, in Part 1 of this series, we discussed advice and tips to keep your knives looking and performing good for a lifetime. In Part 2, we discussed caring for your knife stand, in-drawer storage system, rack, or keepsake box. If you have experienced any problems or questions, please let us know, we can help. Today, we discussed the wood used in your handles and storage systems.
In the final segment, we will discuss caring for your presentation box.
Postscript: It is the sad truth that there are people destroying healthy trees; beware of buying koa wood that is too good to be true. I will leave this subject to a future post.