Choosing Woods

When we first began producing tools we had ten plus wood types available. Customer response has narrowed these down to the four we have today. It is not too surprising they represent a light color, a brown and tan plus a red and are respectively olivewood, kingwood, cocobolo and bloodwood. Each is very dense and durable and holds the profile detail they are manufactured with very well. The following thoughts are presented as a guide to assist you in your choice of wood type for your Czeck Edge tools.

Note that we make every attempt to represent these wood types as accurately as possible in the photographs of our tools throughout the Czeck Edge website. We all know that wood is a natural product, please remember that the species you choose may not be exactly as depicted here upon arrival at your shop.


Bloodwood - also called Cardinal Wood, Satine Rubane, Muirapiranga

Bloodwood is an extremely dense hardwood and is native to South America. On the Janka hardness scale, bloodwood is 2900 while hard maple rated at 1450 by comparison. Bloodwood is very straight grained but has almost no discernable grain structure at all, just it's brilliant crimson / red color. This color will darken slightly over time but will always remain red, especially if the shellac finish applied is restored every so often. Bloodwood is a great choice when uniformity in color and grain is desirable among tools and it is always fairly easy to spot on a cluttered work bench. Bloodwood is priced as a standard wood type for all of our tools.


Cocobolo (Dalbergia Retusa)

Cocobolo is a member of the rosewood family and grows from Mexico to South and Central America. It has a slightly open pored grain with dark lines and can range in color from an orange to a deep chocolate brown, sometimes having dramatic red to purple swirls in between the other colors. These color characteristics can make cocobolo a real eye catcher and has always been the most popular wood selected by our customers. Cocobolo is a great choice when color variation and distinction between tools is wanted. It is also priced as a standard wood type for all of our tools.


Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis)

Kingwood is an exotic wood that is light to dark violet brown with lighter and darker stripes of purple and comes from Brazil primarily. Like cocobolo, it is also a member of the rosewood family. The distinct grain lines a normally very straight and typically uniform in width. Swirls of grain which can be common with cocobolo are rare with kingwood. Kingwood is a great choice when consistent coloring is premium with a uniform grain presentation. Because of it’s rarity and stately good looks, kingwood is an upgrade wood for all of our tools.


Olivewood (Olea europaea)

Olivewood is native to the eastern Mediterranean and southern Africa. The wood is very dense and strong. It can range from very light with light grain to medium tan with inky black grain. The grain can be straight or swirled or both all within the same piece. Olivewood becomes darker, richer, and more beautiful in color as it ages. This is the second most popular wood choice among our customers. Because of it’s rarity and uniqueness, Olivewood is an upgrade wood for all of our tools.