Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hmmm...sounds like CRK needs to decide which it is for Cocobolo. Personally I doubt very much that it is stabilized. Because of its natural properties it is notoriously difficult to get it to take any stain or finish other than natural. It has been a wood of choice for many, many years for knife handles due to its durability. I doubt very much any of the many makers using it a hundred years ago stabilized it.