I recently decided to make a few Scrawls (my carbide marking awls) with handle woods besides the apple, cherry, mahogany, and walnut that I have used til now. I took these to some recent woodworking shows I attended to gauge interest in them. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response, I now offer two new premium wood options online.
Both bloodwood and Gabon ebony are dense woods with fine grain that finishes beautifully. Because of this, I sand the handles to a high grit, then buff with Carnauba wax. The Carnauba wax enhances the smooth, cool feel of the dense wood, and will improve with age and handling. For these woods, I believe this finish is superior to the Tru-Oil that I use on my standard handles.
The new premium wood Scrawls cost $45; standard wood handles are still $35. All are made to the same exacting standards, with woods and materials of the highest quality.