Whittle Cutlery

Exotic woods

There are many beautiful exotic woods here on the Hawaiian Islands and around the world. I have chosen to work with some of the rarest and most valuable woods availble. These include Koa, Curly Koa, Pheasant Wood, Padauk, White Monkey Pod, Blood Wood, Purple Heart and Kamani.

Koa has a rich history and grows naturally only on the Hawaiian Islands. Prized for it's varied colors and grains it is used for fine furniture, art, jewelry boxes and knife handles. Koa has a high sheen and glow.

Curly Koa only occurs where the wood is stressed such as where a large limb is being supported at the trunk or around a knot. The curl has an extreme glow, sheen and three dimensional look. The percentage of the Koa tree that has curl is very small which makes availability intermitient. There is a small additional charge for Curly Koa

Pheasant Wood is the rarest of the Hawaiian woods. The colors vary from light to dark brown with fine black grain. The glow and sheen are high. It grows only on Hawaii and is protected so availability is intermitient. There is a small additional charge for Pheasant wood.

Padauk is a beautiful wood with orange-red to blood red timber and fine black grain. It has a mid to high sheen and is tough and dent resistant which makes it an ideal choice for your knife handle.

 White Monkey Pod is the rare albino of the Monkey Pod trees that line the highway on Maui. Light blond to dark brown with lots of swirls make this seldom seen wood a beautiful choice for a handle. The glow of this wood is high. There is a small additional charge of for White Monkey Pod.

Blood Wood is a tropical tree that has a blood-red timber. The wood has a high sheen and is extremely hard, durable and heavy which is ideal for a knife handle.

Purple Heart is another tropical wood that has a rich purple color. This is a very strong and tough wood. With a mid to high sheen Purple Heart is usually used on cue sticks or as inserts in kitchen cabinets.

Kamani has a rich history in Hawaii. It was traditionally planted next to ocean side temples. Kamani's growth rate is to slow for commercial farming to be practical. It has a high sheen and three dimensional glow. Be ware there is a false Kamani grown off Island that does not have the same glow as Hawaiian grown Kamani. There is a small additional charge for Kamani.
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