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Ebony
(diospyros spp.)


Ebony is a member of the diospyros family.  In the older trees, the wood is very black accounting for the reputation of this wood.  Colors in actual pieces vary quite a bit with at least a little brown being seen in all but our upper grades.  Truly black pieces are extremely rare now. Ebony can vary somewhat in density.  Variances from .80 to 1.16 are possible. What today is called ebony is probably not the wood called by the Egyptians and in the Bible as ebony.  It seems that african blackwood was the wood they were referring to.  Ebony is darker however. 

Ebony grading system:  (Based on EXTERNAL appearances--generally the inside is the same but not always)
Grade B: Black/brown wood with noticeable lines that are dk. brown, and are usually not hidden without dyeing.  Dye is cheaper than dark wood!
Grade A:  Black wood with minor dk. brown lines, that SOMETIMES disappear through normal finishing or dyeing.
Grade A+: Black wood with very occasional tiny brown areas that are almost unnoticeable looking at the exterior of the wood.
Grade AA: Very black wood that is almost all black on external surfaces (98%+) even before finishing. Very occasional tiny off color areas allowed if 98% black.
Grade AAA: Wood that is black as coal, very rare now--we haven't had a new piece like this in years and encourage you to be skeptical if someone says they have perfect black wood to sell. We have investigated claims like that and have so far always found them to be false unless it is a tiny piece of wood (with the exception of a very few pieces of Madagascar Ebony). Some vendors take A or B grade wood and cover it in thick wax to make it appear they have AAA grade, we grade based on the bare wood color.
Kiln-dried:  Each size that is kiln-dried is specifically marked.  Those not marked kiln-dried== are not kiln-dried.


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Ebony pen blank 
B grade New!
Price: $1.50
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Ebony pen blank
A PLUS grade, 3/4 square by 5-5.25 inches long
Price: $5.50
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Ebony AA grade pen blank
This is old stock, comes from old trees that are generally not available anymore.

Premium, darkest black!, 3/4 inch square by 5-6 inches long
Price: $8.80
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Ebony pen blank (Jumbo)
A to A+ grade, 7/8 square by 5-6 inches long
Price: $5.50
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Ebony 1 x 1 x 5-5.5 inches, Grade A
dried
grade

Price: $5.00
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Ebony 1 x 1 x 5-5.5 inches, Grade A+
dried
grade

Price: $6.75
Qty: 


Ebony 1 x 1 x 12 A grade
dried

Price: $10.00
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Ebony 1 x 1 x 12 A PLUS grade
dried

Price: $15.00
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Ebony 1 x 1 x 12 AA grade
Price: $21.00 (out of stock for now, we are working on it!)
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 Kiln-dried/Air dried ebony (very hard to get)
Note: We only claim "dried" for wood below 12% moisture content. (Each kiln-dried item says kd or kiln-dried on the item, air dried items say AD or air dried.)
This section also now includes pieces that are air dried and have been measured with a properly programmed moisture meter,
confirming the moisture level is 12% or below. Be aware that normal moisture meters cannot measure woods this dense
and WILL give false readings. Our readings have been properly taken. Air dried is the best way to dry ebony. The reason is that kiln drying can cause internal checks that cannot be seen until you have cut into the wood. That is a rare problem though, but we have seen it in some pieces that were kiln dried (maybe 2% of the time).


RARE larger dried pieces in high quality color. This pic shows finished wood, see below for bare wood.
It takes about 3 years to get pieces of this size dry, and normally 20% of the wood is lost to cracking under the very best conditions. This photo shows this ebony with a clear coat of shellac, to give an idea of what the finished wood could look like. See all four pics below of the bare wood sides of these pieces (this is what other vendors don't show--they only show the wood after finishing because that prevents the customer from knowing how black the wood is). If two grades are listed, it means that the piece is in between the two grades. So if it says AA/A+, that means it is in between the two grades. The first one listed is AA, so it is closer to AA than A+. All defects have been removed..

Note: Price based on combination of quality (blackness) & size

No surprises: ALL four sides of BARE WOOD visible in photos:

Click here for a first side view.

Click here for a second side view.

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Pieces removed below have sold.

Ebony Piece 35
2 11/16 x 2 11/16 x 11.75 inches
AD & Grade: A+

Price: $156.00



This photo shows this ebony with a clear coat of shellac, to give an idea of what the finished wood could look like. See all four pics below of the bare wood sides of these pieces (this is what other vendors don't show--they only show the wood after finishing because that darkens it). We want you to see the actual piece you are buying, but finishing can make even A grade look close to all black. All pieces dry (for real) of course. Note that ebony is a little bit more brittle then some woods, and just because it is dry does not mean it won't crack if you get it super hot sanding it (if you cannot comfortably put your hand on it--then is too hot) or by hitting it with a hard object like a hammer, or dropping it on a cement floor.

Note: Price based on combination of quality (blackness) & size

No surprises: ALL four sides of BARE WOOD visible in photos:

Click here for a first side view.

Click here for a second side view.

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Pieces removed below have sold.

Ebony Piece H
1.5 x 1.5 x 11.25 inches

Price: $44.00



This photo shows this ebony with a clear coat of shellac, to give an idea of what the finished wood could look like. See all four pics below of the bare wood sides of these pieces (this is what other vendors don't show--they only show the wood after finishing because that darkens it). Note that the grading system is based on us looking at the wood when it is completely bare wood, not finished. These are shown bare wood with no wax or finish to hide the grain. We want you to see the actual piece you are buying, but finishing can make even A grade look close to all black. All pieces dry (for real) of course. Note that ebony is a little bit more brittle then some woods, and just because it is dry does not mean it won't crack if you get it super hot sanding it (if you cannot comfortably put your hand on it--then is too hot) or by hitting it with a hard object like a hammer, or dropping it on a cement floor.



PLEASE READ THE GRADING SYSTEM AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF A, A+, AA ETC. If two grades are shown, it is in between those two grades.
Pieces missing below have sold.

No surprises: ALL four sides of BARE WOOD visible in photos:

Click here for a first side view.

Click here for a second side view.

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Ebony Piece 12
3/4 x 3/4 x 9.25 inches
AA grade

Price: $15.50

Ebony Piece 13
7/8 x 7/8 x 9.25 inches
AA/A+ grade

Price: $17.00





Pieces are shown bare wood, partially sanded.
Madagascar Ebony, Diospyros perreiri, is considered to be the best type of ebony there is.
The grain is incredibly fine, and sanding is a dream.

NOTE: We aren't sure we'll offer these blanks again. The reason is that after 5 days of work cutting and sanding,
these blanks are selling for less then if we just sold the logs as they are.

All are AA Grade and dried with a moisture level between 9 and 11.5%

By far the best type of ebony you can buy, but it is rarely seen on the market at all anymore.

No surprises: ALL sides of BARE WOOD visible in photos:

Click here for a second side view.

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Madagascar Ebony Piece M1*
2 11/16 x 2 11/16 x 8 15/16 inches
AA grade

Price: $229.00

Madagascar Ebony Piece M2*
2.25 x 2.25 x 8 1/8 inches
AA grade

Price: $143.00

Madagascar Ebony Piece M3*
2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 8 inches
AA grade

Price: $125.50

Madagascar Ebony Piece M5*
2 7/16 x 2 7/16 x 7 inches
AA grade

Price: $144.50




Pieces are shown above with a coat of shellac. Bare wood, partially sanded can be seen in all 4 pics below.
Madagascar Ebony, Diospyros perreiri, is considered to be the best type of ebony there is.
The grain is incredibly fine, and sanding is a dream.

Note: We aren't sure we'll offer these blanks again. The reason is that after 5 days of work cutting and sanding,
these blanks are selling for less then if we just sold the logs as they are.

All are AA Grade and dried with a moisture level between 9 and 11.5%

By far the best type of ebony you can buy, but it is rarely seen on the market at all anymore. Notes: Pieces 13 and 15 are knife blanks.

No surprises: ALL 4 sides of BARE WOOD visible in photos:

Click here for a First side view.

Click here for a second side view.

Click here for a THIRD side view.

Click here for FOURTH side view.

Madagascar Ebony Piece M8*
2 x 2 x 18 1/8 inches
AA grade

Price: $251.00

Madagascar Ebony Piece M12*
1 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 7.5 inches
AA grade

Price: $45.00

Madagascar Ebony Piece M13*
1.25 x 1 9/16 x 7 1/8 inches
AA grade

Price: $38.50

Madagascar Ebony Piece M14*
1.25 x 1.25 x 6 5/8 inches
AA grade

Price: $28.50

Madagascar Ebony Piece M15*
1.25 x 1 5/8 x 6 inches
AA grade

Price: $33.50

Madagascar Ebony Piece M17*
15/16 x 15/16 x 8 7/8 inches
AA grade

Price: $23.00


* Means this item cannot be shipped outside the USA due to international trade regulations. Items not marked with a * are OK to ship outside the USA


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