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Listed below are two charts. The first shows the woods that we use ranked from heaviest at the top to lightest at the bottom. The second chart ranks the hardness of wood from the hardest at the top to the softest at the bottom.

Remember that we don't make all types of weapons with all types of wood. Some woods are extremely rare and are available in sizes too small to make some weapons with. See the page "Wood Choices" which describe the woods and mentions the weapons which we can make with them. Our online store also lists the woods available for each weapon type (Nunchaku, Kubotan, etc...)


Wood Weights

Some of the weights quoted on this page are published typical weights, however sometimes we get large boards in and we actually calculate the density of the wood ourselves. Sometimes they match the published data and sometimes they do not. When they do not, we list our actual weights below. We feel this gives you a better representation of the wood weights. This is important because most people choose the type of wood based on the weight. In the case where the published data gives a range of densities (for example, 78 - 88 pounds per cubic foot) again we will give you our actual data.

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Wood Hardness

What is Janka Hardness?


The Janka hardness test measures the force (in pounds-force) required to embed a .444 inch steel ball into a piece of wood up to half of the steel ball's diameter. It is an excellent measure of how well the wood withstands wear and denting. For example, Verawood has a Janka hardness of 4500. This means that 4500 lbs-force (2 1/4 tons) is required to embed that .444 steel ball into the surface of the Verawood until half of the steel ball's diameter is in the wood. This tells you that Verawood is incredibly hard. Google "Janka Hardness" for more information.

Below is a chart which ranks the hardness of the woods we use. Hardest woods are at the top and the softest are at the bottom

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