Name Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as granadillo, Nicaragua rosewood, nambar, palisandro, and caviuana.
Sources Grows along Pacific seaboard of Mexico and Central America.
Appearance Fairly straight to interwoven grain with medium to fine texture and low luster. Variable-hued heartwood, maturing to a deep orange-red with darker stripes and mottling. Narrow, whitish sapwood.
Physical Props Very hard and heavy with high strength, stiffness, shock resistance, decay resistance, and stability in use (heartwood).
Working Props Works easily enough with moderate blunting effect. Fine dust created during machining can be an irritant to some people. Can be rubbed to a smooth, waxy finish without application of finishing materials. Difficult to glue due to natural oiliness. Turns very well.
Uses Considered one of the most important woods in cutlery business for knife handles (can be soaked in soapy water with minimal ill effects). Also used for tool handles, brush backs, bowling balls, chess pieces, carving, jewelry boxes, canes, utensils, buttons, musical and scientific instruments, and decorative veneer and inlay.