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Dyes are vacuum-impregnated into the wood, then the wood is pressure impregnated with polymer or phenolic resin at very high pressures, then highly compressed into plywood blocks.
With the high compression rates and solid massing of the material, this creates a very dense, tough, and solid wood product, that is pretty much waterproof when wet.
The heartwood is almost always harder and more durable than the sapwood.
The sapwood is the living layers of the tree, is almost always lighter in color and density than the heartwood, and is more permeable to liquids and susceptible to decay.
Being porous, woods can absorb and release moisture and other agents that they're exposed to which will change their makeup, appearance, and sometimes size.
Wooden knife handles have been used ever since the invention of the knife.
For example, in the family of ebony (Ebenaceae), there are about three hundred species of shrubs and trees distributed throughout the temperate and mild regions of the world.
Remember, woods vary in appearance and texture even within the same board, so there is no absolutely uniform dictate on a particular wood's performance.
Woods are organic, warm to the touch, comfortable to hold, and can be long lasting.
Wood handles are used on nearly every kind of fine tool, instrument, or even vehicles, including a ship's wheel.
Questions, answers, pictures, descriptions, and synonyms of domestic and exotic hardwoods used in modern knife handles, knife stands, cases, and blocks.
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