Jatoba, an extremely strong, shock resistant, and rot resistant wood is commonly used in industrial applications like railroad ties, wooden gears, flooring, and tool handles. It's those same properties that make it desirable for the kind of kitchen utensils that will become family heirlooms. It is commonly a deep red or yellowish brown color with wavy interlocking grain. It can easily be identified after finishing by its relatively large pores. It sometimes darkens with age, but with proper treating, it can be kept in great condition for generations. See our wood care section for tips on keeping your Jatoba utensils looking just the way you like them.