Katalox - Swartzia cubensis

Janka Hardness = 3,660

Photosensitivity = No

Also called Ebony or Ebano in Spanish, this is a dense black wood that may refer to similar wood from different species. Ebony's fine texture and smooth finish when polished make it a valuable ornamental wood. Ebony is heavy enough to sink in water, and is a rare and costly wood. It offers a resistance of 3,600 pounds per square inch, making it suitable for heavy duty applications.

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Scientific Name = Swartzia cubensis
Trade Name = Wamara
Family Name = Caesalpiniaceae
Synonyms =
Common Names = Catalox, Katalox, Wamara

Regions of Distribution = Central America, Latin America
Countries of Distribution = Brazil, Columbia, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela

Numerical Strength Properties and Data:
Bending Strength = 28,097 psi or 1,975 kg/cm2
Density = 69 Lbs/Ft3 or 1,105 kg/m3
Janka Hardness = 3,660
Hardness = 3,616 lbs. or 1,640 kg
Impact Strength =  in or  cm
Maximum Crushing Strength = 15,131 psi or 1,063 kg/cm2
Shearing Strength =  psi or  kg/cm2
Stiffness = 3,557,000 psi or 2,500,000 kg/cm2

Toughness = 255 inch-lbs or 293 cm-kg
Specific Gravity = 0.92
Work to Maximum Load =
Weight = 56 Lbs/Ft3 or 897 kg/m3

Radial Shrinkage = 4%
Tangential Shrinkage = 8%
Volumetric Shrinkage = 11%

T/R Ratio: 1.9

General Characteristics =

Grain = Grain is usually straight, but can also be irregular or interlocked.

Texture = With a fine even texture and good natural luster.

Movement in Service =
Photosensitivity =
= Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black, sometimes with a strong purple hue. Sapwood is sharply demarcated and is pale yellowish white. Pieces with curly or wavy grain are not uncommon.