Macassar ebony is striped black/dark brown with tan, and is from southeast Asia.
Both are equally hard and durable. It requires larger pieces to really showcase the grain/striping of macassar ebony. Buck used it for their folding hunter until some time in the 1980s.
i usually carry two, one is a one handed opener for ease of opening (clip etc)
and the other was this little bad boy
Gaboon Ebony may be the more 'traditional' but this was likely due to Imperialism. It has also become very scarce and needs protecting.
Macassar is an Ebony that may well develop even more striped character as it ages and this can be a plus point, no question over the durability of either though.
Today I'm going with a pattern I've hardly ever touched-Canoe. In this case a Queen Cutlery one in the earlier WCSB I like this bone and the example I've got is well matched. Small gaps and some play, yet fine W&T but I got it for not much off the Bay, it makes a satisfying EDC though and I'm very glad to say it CAME SHARP. Must've slipped through the usual Queen dulling treatment then...
GEC White Owl in Kryptonite.
Chris, I am not the biggest acrylic fan, but that knife is gorgeous.
I'm stickin' with Jack today.
Nice WO there. It's bright but it grows(glows) on you. Got the same myself but with Clip master. Very good pattern.
Thanks for the kind words guys. I actually picked up a few of these. I kept on for myself and gave one to my father. They have very appealing patterns in the wood. I had given my dad a Genuine stag big jack 54 but he ended up not carrying it saying its too nice for a work knife. This one he has been using and carrying without feeling bad. When I honed the edge on mine the honing oil got on the wood and darkened it up to almost a jet black. As the oil comes out of the wood it goes back to normal. I like the look. Its interesting and unique. Something I like about traditional knives with natural materials.
Carrying it again today.
“Women don't want to hear what you think. They want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice.”
I was going to say just this Northfield 72, and it was true until lunchtime.
But after doing some lunch prep, the Case Peanut is now in the watch pocket of my jeans.
Last edited by Doug Add; 04-30-2012 at 10:47 PM.
That would be a #54 Big Jack.
I've been carrying these two, one or the other or both, consistently for the past couple of weeks, with my Buck 110 on my belt.
Camillus-made TL-29 and a Case Lime Green Texas Jack.
Here it is today, on a day so foggy it feels like its raining.
The blackberry was really showing its faults with the low light.