Common Names: Katalox, Mexican Ebony

Region: Southern Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America

Janka Hardness: 3,660 lbf

Description: Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black, sometimes with a strong purple hue. Grain is usually straight. Heartwood is usually considered to have a high resistance to decay and termites. It is susceptible to marine borers. Typically, hard to work with because of its high density. Can be troublesome to glue because of density and oil present.

Common Uses: Inlays, fine furniture and cabinetry, guitars, and turnings.