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Desert Ironwood

Desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) is a type of fine wood used to make handle scales.

Desert ironwood is indigenous to the southwestern United States and the very northwest of Mexico, especially in the Sonora desert. It belongs to the Olneya genus, a member of the papilionaceae family. Desert ironwood grows as a shrub or tree. The plant can grow up to ten meters tall with a trunk diameter of approximately 60 centimeters. The gray bark of younger trees is smooth and develops cracks as the tree ages. Desert ironwood is an evergreen plant that can still cast off its leaves in sustained cold temperatures below 2°C or during a dry spell in order to reduce its water consumption.

Desert ironwood is very sensitive to frost and dies in cold temperatures of less than -9°C. The sapwood of desert ironwood is yellow and unsuitable for the production of handle scales. The heartwood presents a range of colors from delicate grayish brown to a rich dark brown hue. Sometimes, it is almost pure black. The wood has a striking pattern with a mottled or marbled look. Desert ironwood is relatively heavy, very hard and rather tough. Due to these properties is difficult to process but makes up for it by being rather resilient and weatherproof. Therefore, it is the perfect material for handle scales.

The wood can be finished with various wood oils, though it is not very absorbent. Desert ironwood is extremely rare and expensive. To protect the small tree population, only deadwood, i.e. the wood of fallen trees, can be processed legally. Apart from handles scales for knives, desert ironwood is also used for artisanal work such as carvings and inlays.

Knives with desert ironwood handle scales
Boxer Wüsteneisenholz
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Boxer Desert Ironwood
229,00 € *
Delicate Uno
New
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Delicate Uno
139,95 € *
Trapper Uno
New
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Trapper Uno
119,95 € *
Damast Jahresmesser 2018
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Annual Damascus 2018
289,00 € *
3000 1674 WE
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen 3000 1674 WE
189,95 € * 149,95 € *
Club Knife Gentleman
New
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Club Knife Gentleman
159,95 € *
Sportmesser Classic Gold
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Camp Knife Classic Gold
184,95 € *
Trapper Classic Gold
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Trapper Classic Gold
149,95 € * 119,95 € *
Titan Hunter Wood
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Titan Hunter Wood
379,00 € *
Scout Spearpoint Desert Ironwood
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Scout Spearpoint Desert Ironwood
179,95 € *
Mamba Spearpoint
New
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Mamba Spearpoint
199,95 € *
Boy Scout Classic Gold
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Boy Scout Classic Gold
159,95 € * 149,95 € *
Barlow Classic Gold
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Barlow Classic Gold
117,95 € *
Jagdtaschenmesser Classic Gold
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Hunters Knife Classic Gold
171,95 € *
Davis Classic Gold
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Davis Classic Gold
249,00 € * 199,95 € *
Scout Classic Gold
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Scout Classic Gold
192,95 € * 169,95 € *
Vollintegral 2.0 1674 WE
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Vollintegral 2.0 1674 WE
329,00 € * 269,00 € *
Fellow Damast
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Fellow Damascus
179,95 € *
Solo Classic 42
Sale
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Solo Classic 42
149,95 € * 119,95 € *
Titan Hunter Wood Damast
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Titan Hunter Wood Damascus
359,00 € *
Optima 1674 WE
Böker Manufaktur Solingen Optima 1674 WE
199,95 € *