I am making five knives for some gentlemen taking a long awaited trip to Africa. The customer wants Damascus Steel (i use Alabama Damascus)--all five knives similar and with handles made from a wood from Africa. The knives are to be functional but mostly a Momento from their trip. We have decided to go with Zebrawood. I have used Zebrawood on one knife recently. It came from one of my Knifemaker's supply companies stabilized and dyed( the color did not stand out much but the end result was VERY Nice and Natural . This rep is watching for arrival of more Zebrawood. Does anyone have any advice for any OTHER Zebrawood sources? Does it NEED to be stabilized and does that make it prettier/ more durable? I have some time( couple Months) before they are due but the blades are almost complete and I really want to get them done and make them very nice.
Any help appreciated , Kurt SRT