Fiddleback myrtle knife blanks are an excellent choice for knife handle material. This myrtle has yielded guitar billets, pool cue butt/forearm stock as well as bowl blanks and turning squares. These curly myrtle knife blanks have been hand selected from portions of the log with the heaviest density of figure. The color of the heartwood and sapwood contrast beautifully, often featuring distinct black lines not always attributed to spalt. Beyond the iridescent fiddleback figure of this Oregon myrtle wood, the structural characteristics are superior to many other species, having a Janka Hardness of 1,270 lbf according to Wood Database. While considered easy to work with, special attention should be paid on the sharpness of your tools to avoid potential tear out of this intensely figured material. It sands wonderfully, and polishes superbly with a variety of finishes.