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Ebony

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.

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Pen Blanks

Madagascar Ebony pen blanks

This is the premier type of ebony that can be bought. The grain is finer, the density is higher and in the case of AA or even AAA it is blacker than other ebonies almost always. We are offering these pen blanks we have slowly collected over the years of cutting this wood. I haven't seen pen blanks for sale in this ebony type, but we wanted to offer them to our pen blanks customers. Prices would actually work out to more like $20 each for AA grade, but we lowered them to keep them in a reachable range for these. Restricted to USA shipping addresses only.

MA

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 5.25 inches

MB

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 6.25 inches

MD

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches

ME

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 6 inches, some Figure

MF

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 7/8 x 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches

$15.00
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MG

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 7/8 x 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches

$15.00
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MO

Madagascar Ebony pen blank, dried, size: 3/4 x 3/4 x 6.5 inches

$11.00
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Ebony pen blank

A PLUS grade, 3/4 square by 5-5.25 inches long

$5.50

7 in the stock

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Craft Blanks

Ebony 307 to 313

Black Ebony dried pieces. We show them unfinished to make sure you can see the wood. Most vendors don't do that, because if you put enough clear coat or wax over ebony you can make it look black in a photo even if the color is really off. These will be jet black or close when a finish is applied. We will need to put a finish on them before shipping to you to prevent damage in the mail. Grades of each piece are noted in the picture. If there is more than one grade shown, it is between the two grades. It is interesting to note that all of these (except 307) started out as rough 1.5 x 1.5 x 12's. After drying them and removing all the cracks and bad areas this is what is left (sometimes it doesn't work out this well). We do have some bulk 1.5 x 1.5 x 12's and you can see why they sell for much less, you lose about 40% of the wood on average to get them into this quality. I've cut more than a thousand pieces over the years, and losses average around 40% when buying waxed pieces. That is why all ebony that is for sale is not equal.

Piece 312

Ebony, dried, size: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 8 1/8 inches

$25.00
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Piece 313

Ebony, dried, size: 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 2 7/16 inches

Madagascar Ebony M200toM205

Top quality dried Madagascar ebony. It really doesn't get much better than this. Suitable for any use including musical, etc. A dream to work with. We cannot ship this to addresses outside the USA due to international regulations.

M201

Madagascar Ebony, dried, GRADE: AA to AAA Size: 1 7/8 x 2.75 x 8.5 inches

$152.00
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Ebony 109-123

This photo shows this ebony with a coat of shellac. AIR DRIED COMPLETELY. (under 12%) 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. All pieces ARE 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. When two grades are shown, the one that is closest to correct is listed first.

Piece 109

2 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches
A+/A grade
dried to 12% or less

$209.00
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Piece 115

1 3/16 x 1 5/16 x 7 1/8 inches
A+/A grade
dried to 12% or less

$25.50
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Piece 116

1 1/8 x 1.25 x 6 7/8 inches
A+/A grade
dried to 12% or less

$22.00
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Piece 117

1.25 x 1 5/16 x 6 1/8 inches
A+/A grade
dried to 12% or less

$23.00
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Ebony 100-108

This photo shows this ebony with a coat of shellac. AIR DRIED COMPLETELY. (under 12%) Note that the grading system is based on us looking at the wood when it is completely bare wood, not finished. For all but the most expensive pieces, we are showing photos of finished wood. All pieces ARE 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.

Piece 106

1.25 x 1.25 x 5 inches
A grade
dried to 12% or less

$15.00
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Ebony 1-12

This photo shows this ebony with a coat of shellac. AIR DRIED COMPLETELY. (under 12%) 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 ARE 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.

Piece 7

1 3/8 x 1.5 x 5 7/8 inches
A grade
dried to 12% or less

$17.00
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Ebony "Steel" A-H

Genuine Ebony that has been dyed black and stabilized. Ultra dense, heavier than Lignum Vitae. I call them "Ebony Steel". Even though this wood has a fine grain, a special stabilization program was able to impregnate a large amount of resin in these. They almost feel like picking up a piece of steel bar stock. Sanding is easy and produces a glass like finish. Note that interior color can vary and sometimes the deepest part of the core has a tan or grey streak in it, if there, it is usually about a round 5/8 inch core of differing color. Outside of that they seem to be this really unusual black graphite color.. .

Piece B

1 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 6.25 inches
Stabilized with resin

$53.50
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Piece C

1 13/16 x 1 13/16 x 6 3/8 inches
Stabilized with resin

$53.50
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Piece G

1 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 6 inches
Stabilized with resin

$36.00
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Piece H

1.75 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches
Stabilized with resin

$88.00
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Madagascar Ebony 71-79

Pieces are shown bare wood, partially sanded in the pictures below. This is what other vendors don't show you. Madagascar Ebony, Diospyros perreiri, is considered to be the one of best types of ebony in existence. The grain is incredibly fine, and sanding is a dream. Specific gravity well over 1.0. and weighs about 67 pounds a cubic foot dried. All are dried with a moisture level between 9 and 11% By far the best type of ebony you can buy, but it is rarely seen on the market at all anymore and I have never seen it sold like this where the buyer can see the bare wood and real color before buying.

Piece 78

1 7/16 x 1 15/16 x 4 1/8 inches
Grade AA

$45.00
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Piece 79

1.5 x 1.75 x 3.25 inches
Grade AA

$32.00
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Knife Blanks

Ebony 300 to 306

Dried Black Ebony. Each piece is graded in the picture. Shown Bare wood, so with a clear finish they usually look all black, especially A+ and AA. They'll be coated with a clear coat before shipping to protect them.

Piece 300

Ebony, dried, size: 1 5/16 x 1.5 x 6 1/8 inches

$19.00
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Piece 301

Ebony, dried, size: 1 5/16 x 1.5 x 6 1/8 inches

$16.00
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Piece 302

Ebony, dried, size: 1 5/16 x 1.5 x 6 1/8 inches

$16.00
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Piece 303

Ebony, dried, size: 1 5/16 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches

$17.00
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Piece 304

Ebony, dried, size: 1 5/16 x 1 7/16 x 5 1/8 inches

$16.00
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Piece 305

Ebony, dried, size: 1 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 12.25 inches

$29.00
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Piece 306

Ebony, dried, size: 1 1/16 x 1 7/16 x 6.5 inches

$16.50
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Lumber

Ebony A-G

This photo shows some small pieces of ebony lumber, with high to rare high quality color. The bare wood appears a little reddish in the photo, it isn't really though, it is black. Grade above each piece, and the second side can be seen below: 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. When two grades are shown, the one that is closest to correct is listed first.

Piece A

1/4 x 5 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches
A+/A grade
dried to 12% or less

$40.00
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Piece B

1/4 x 1 9/16 x 11.25 inches
AA grade
dried to 12% or less

$16.00
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Piece D

3/4 x 1 9/16 x 13 1/8 inches
A grade
dried to 12% or less

$33.00
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Piece F

1/4 x 2 9/16 x 18 inches
AA grade
dried to 12% or less

$44.00
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Bowl Blanks

Madagascar Ebony 206 to 209

A very rare offering of top grade small bowl blanks in this best type of ebony. Pieces will be sent with a clear finish for protection in shipping. AA grade, at least. No shipping outside USA due to restrictions.

M206

Madagascar Ebony, dried, size: 1.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches AA grade

$51.00
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M209

Madagascar Ebony, dried, size: 1.5 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 inches, AA grade

$51.00
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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 contrasty dark tan/brown, and are usually not hidden without dyeing. Dye is cheaper than dark wood!
Grade A: Black wood with some dark brown or grey zones or areas, that SOMETIMES disappear through normal finishing or dyeing but usually WILL NOT.
Grade A PLUS: Black wood with occasional tiny brown areas (or sometimes AA grade in most areas but A in some others) that are noticeable when looking at the exterior of the bare wood
Grade AA: Very black wood that is almost all black on external surfaces even before finishing, though different people have different opinions of what black is so look at pictures before buying. Very occasional tiny off color areas allowed if overall very good 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, which is completely different and based on our commitment to honesty.
Kiln-dried: Each size that is kiln-dried is specifically marked. Those not marked kiln-dried== are not kiln-dried but might be completely air dried, see description.

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