1. Week 43of the BladeForums.com Year of Giveaways is live! Enter to win a Spyderco C243PBK Edela + Misc Prize Pack

    Click here to enter the drawing for your chance to win a Spyderco Endela + Misc Prize Pack , Bladeforums.com swag or memberships!
    Be sure to read the rules before entering, and help us decide next week's giveaway by hitting the poll in that thread!

    Entries will close at 11:59PM Saturday, Oct 26 ; winners will be drawn on Sunday @ 5pm on our Youtube Channel: TheRealBladeForums. Bonus prizes will be given during the livestream!

    Questions? Comments? Post in the discussion thread here

Attention 2019 Forum Knife : Poll - Smooth Wood

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by knifeswapper, Mar 8, 2019.

Smooth Wood

Poll closed Mar 14, 2019.
  1. African Blackwood

    152 vote(s)
  2. Bocote

    6 vote(s)
  3. Bloodwood

    30 vote(s)
  4. Ebony

    6 vote(s)
  5. Kingwood

    2 vote(s)
  6. Jobillo

    5 vote(s)
  7. Desert Ironwood

    149 vote(s)
  8. Osage Orange

    17 vote(s)
  9. Cocobolo

    2 vote(s)
  10. Che Chen

    1 vote(s)
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. knifeswapper

    knifeswapper Knife Peddler Dealer / Materials Provider

    Sep 3, 2004
    OK, have the response back from GEC on possible wood types. The "No" responses had reasons all the way from "too soft" to "no good sources left".

    African Blackwood
    Jobillo - Bolster/Shield finish must be brushed
    Desert Ironwood - Bolster/Shield finish must be brushed
    Osage Orange - Bolster/Shield finish must be brushed
    Snakewood - No
    Oil Sucker Rod - No
    Walnut - No
    American Cherry - No
    Wormy Chestnut - No
    Palo Santos - No
    Birds Eye Maple - No
    Pine - No
    Bog Oak - No
    Olive - No
    Beer Barrel Oak - No
    Che Chen - Subject to new availability.
    Cocobolo - Subject to new availability of CITES number supplier, not responsible for delivery
    Brazilian Rosewood - Subject to new availability of CITES number supplier, not responsible for delivery
    East Indian Rosewood - Subject to new availability of CITES number supplier, not responsible for delivery

    Since the poll is limited to 10 options, I left off the two with "Rosewood" in their name because they have been found to get confiscated way more often by international dealers.

    General questions should go back to the Core thread.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
    Dr-Mabuse, Prester John and meako like this.
  2. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    Vote is in. Thanks MIKE!
  3. bbk357

    bbk357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Ah man. Some of my favorites are not here but there are so many choices...

    Would help if some members posted some of the woods mentioned above. I’m not familiar with some.
  4. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Wow! Awesome. Hard choice, gonna need to think about this one before I vote. Jobillo or kingwood are front runners for me.
    tmd_87 likes this.
  5. tmd_87

    tmd_87 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 29, 2016
    great-eastern-cutlery-northfield_1_72a0b034d55f7a340fc307b5b73ae4cd.jpg Bloodwood for the win!
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
  6. TX Traditional

    TX Traditional Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2019
    On the board for Desert Ironwood. Let’s see some photoshop magic.
    Dr-Mabuse likes this.
  7. N.E.Tim

    N.E.Tim Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    There are a couple woods I am not familiar with, with a little bit of research, I may change my vote.
    I notice this poll started near the end of the work day, vote careful while driving home. ;)
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
    t.willy, Prester John and tmd_87 like this.
  8. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    African Blackwood for me. No doubt!..........hold on a minute. I may sway to jobillo due to satin finished bolster and shield. For now, and most likely throughout gonna stay with the AB though I believe. :)
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
    meako likes this.
  9. cbr1000


    Jan 31, 2013
    Here's a Bloodwood and Kingwood for you. Bloodwood on the bottom. Both GEC.

  10. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Can I just say that if you honestly picked ebony as your choice you would be wise, IMO of course to switch to African Blackwood. It's pretty much ebony but better.
  11. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Looks like snakewood isn’t an option so I’m going to go for African Blackwood. Truthfully I would be happy with any of the choices.
    Ramrodmb and Signalprick like this.
  12. lavishmammal

    lavishmammal Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Bloodwood. The picture doesn't do it justice. Excellent red chatoyance.

    Jolipapa, Filoso, coinbuysell and 6 others like this.
  13. Txjohn

    Txjohn Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 24, 2013
    Bloodwood if you use it. I still like it IMG_5896.jpg
    Terdl76, t.willy, Jolipapa and 7 others like this.
  14. Signalprick

    Signalprick Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    t.willy likes this.
  15. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Jobillo, makes a better contrast with patina.

    Osage could be an alternative, depending on how things go ;)
    Jathes and meako like this.
  16. knife_fan


    May 1, 2012
    Was hoping there would of been a burl wood option. I ended up voting for bloodwood, as I'm interested in a reddish wood for the forum knife, and it seems to have a more reddish tone than Che Chen.

    Don't get me wrong I love ebony and african blackwood, but I'm hoping for something that is more unique this go around.
    Behr95, Will Power and meako like this.
  17. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Mike thanks for keeping the postage risky timbers off the list...I know I'm in an overseas minority here so its nice that you have taken this into consideration.
    Rooboy123, t.willy and JohnDF like this.
  18. cbr1000


    Jan 31, 2013
    Chechen rosewood pic. Internet sourced image.

  19. Jody744

    Jody744 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    I did not vote, I am sure it will turn out fine as all the others have. Kudos to Mike for undertaking this task! I have one question though? What is the difference in Ebony and African Blackwood? I LOVE my Ebony knives!
  20. H2O2HI


    Jul 23, 2016
    I am surprised that Brazilian Rosewood may be available. It is a CITES Schedule I specie, along with ivory and Rhino tusks.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page