Striped ebony can have lines that swirl somewhat or are nearly straight (as seen above). The lighter lines can be sparse or may cover the whole piece with a black background. Sometimes there is a predominantly black background with a few bold lines swinging through at an angle. It is really a kind of figure seen in black ebony and the variations are endless. The wood works and handles just as black ebony does, being a variation of color within that species. The pieces we sell are selected for having attractive lines.