Traditional octagonal handle - Olive with Ebony - (size L)SKU: Kag-Olijf-Ebben
Traditional Japanese octagonal handle,
This handmade olive wood (Olea europaea) handle has a wooden bolster of Ebony (Gaboon Ebony (Diospyros crassiflora))
Gaboon Ebony is so named because historically most of the timber was exported from the country of Gabon, although today it is much more likely to come from Cameroon.
There is no doubt about Gaboon Ebony, as there are few woods that are deep and solid black (unless painted), and even most species in the Diospyros genus are not black. Other types of ebony include: Macassar (striped) ebony and black and white ebony. African Blackwood is very similar in density, color and (unfortunately) cost, but is technically in the Dalbergia genus and is not considered a true ebony. Wenge and Katalox are two types of wood that are sometimes used as a substitute for ebony.
The wood is exceptionally dense, strong and stiff, although it is considered to have moderate to poor stability due to seasonal changes.
Olive trees are commercially important in the natural regions where they grow. There are several subspecies and hundreds of cultivars of Olea europaea; the olives harvested from the trees are processed into olive oil.
Olive wood (Olea spp.) is sometimes confused with Russian Olive Tree (Elaeagnus angustifolia), although it is little related to true Olive Tree and belongs to an entirely different family of trees. Technically, Olive is part of the Oleaceæ family and is more closely related to Ash (Fraxinus spp.) and Lilac (Syringa vulgaris).
- Length: 14 cm
- Diameter: 26 x 21mm
- Weight: 46 grams
- Size L: suitable for Gyuto, Sujihiki, yanagiba, etc from 180-300 mm
These handles can also be provided with a beautiful laser engraving. You can have your own name or message engraved (in Western characters but also in Traditional Japanese characters!). We can also engrave a handwritten name or signature.
Of course we cannot give any guarantee on these handles if they have been placed on the blade by you.