This divot tool is made from Black & White Ebony (Diospyros embryopteris) a rare member of the Ebony family, native to Southeast Asia and India. The wood is known for having a very random and sinuous grain pattern, made more dramatic by the high contrast of light and dark wood. The most common colors are black against a light brown background, but it can often have purplish hues. While most Ebonies are in the ironwood class this member is slightly lighter, with a specific gravity around .85. For comparison, the ash used to make baseball bats, one of the most common woods that we think of as being hard, only has a specific gravity of .60. The wood is close-pored which combines with the density to produce an exceptional polish. This grain pattern in this piece is very complex, especially the backside. It is approximately 3" long and 1" wide with a thicker feel. Weight is 9.35 grams. Beautifully finished with Teak Oil followed with a 3-stage polish and paste wax.
An interesting note for golfers is that a North American member of the Diospyros family is the American Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), the traditional "wood" that "woods" were made of before the advent of metal and carbon fiber club heads. With a specific gravity of about .79 it's not in the ironwood class but its interlocking grain structure combined with its uncommon hardness made for a virtually indestructable club head with the unique ability to efficiently transfer potential energy to a golf ball.....that is, when properly swung.