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    My Mum was getting rid of some old stuff the other day and I snapped this up. It will have come from my Grandfather and most likely was bought in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia around 1965-1970. So is it ebony, and of so what type? The finish has weathered a fair bit so I thought there was a chance we could ID it before I cut it up, probably into pen blanks.
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    Yes very likely tropical ebony which are often with a striped streaked heartwood. There are a few ebony (Diopyros species) with striped woods like these.
    Ebonies are favourite timbers for carving because it takes detail and finishes so well.

    edit: Pity to cut it up into pen blanks. Maybe refinish it, buy ebony from a wood supplier if you want it for pens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euge View Post
    Yes very likely tropical ebony which are often with a striped streaked heartwood. There are a few ebony (Diopyros species) with striped woods like these.
    Ebonies are favourite timbers for carving because it takes detail and finishes so well.

    edit: Pity to cut it up into pen blanks. Maybe refinish it, buy ebony from a wood supplier if you want it for pens.

    It'd need a bit more than refinishing, it has been dropped and the trunk snapped off and there's a fair bit of damage to the other side. It's a bit of a mess really, and I'm not into carving. I figured I'd get a few blanks out of it and keep the rest of it for inlay work, which I know nothing about yet but would like to try my hand at. The item itself has no appeal to me at all I'm afraid.

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