No, pakkawood doesn’t come from the pakka tree. It is a human-made wooden material that is known for its benefits of being exceptionally durable and inert.

In this guide, we answer all the burning question you have about pakkawood.

What Is Pakkawood Exactly?

Pakkawood is a type of plywood that is also called Staminawood and Colorwood. Moisture is removed from pieces of wood veneer using a vacuum process. The wood pieces are then glued together with phenolic resins under high pressure.

A dye may be added to change the color. Some consider this material a composite product of wood and plastic.

You can use dyes to color pakkawood to have the appearance of natural wood such as oak or chestnut. For a more eclectic appearance, you can use dyes of different colors to create rainbow or camouflage designs on your pakkawood material.

3 Common Uses

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This material can be used for lots of applications including kitchen utensils, military equipment and pool cues.

1. Knife Handles & Tactical Knives

Pakkawood is most commonly used to make knife handles due to its resistance to water. Pakkawood handles are used for kitchen knives and steak knives. If you enjoy woodworking, you can purchase pakkawood material and shape them to make custom knife handles.

Pakkawood handles are an alternative to natural wood handles that tend to crack, split and discolor.

Also, due to its high durability, the material is also used to make the handles of tactical knives and military knives. If you prefer the look of wooden handles, the pakkawood tactical knife may be a good choice for you.

“A good knife should last you a lifetime.”

- Phil McMahon, co-owner of Rhineland Cutlery in Melbourne

 

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2. Cooking Spoons & Spatulas

An example of the uses of pakkawood is to make cooking spoons and spatulas. The material is heat-resistant and water-resistant which makes it suitable for use as cooking utensils. Unlike steel, it will not scratch your non-stick cooking pans. Pakkawood spoons and spatulas also come in multi-colored options to add some vibrance to your kitchen.

3. Pakkawood Pool Cues

Pakkawood pool cues are heavy as the material is very dense. If you are looking for a heavy break cue that is very strong, this is something you might be looking for. You may know these pool cues by another name called Dymondwood pool cues.

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The material has a wooden appearance and feel but is resistant to water. The problem with natural wood is that it can split and warp when it is exposed to moisture [1]. Pakkawood does not have such issues.

It has high strength and durability and can come in lots of colors due to the addition of dyes. It is also a very dense material due to the high heat and pressure used during the production process.

Pakkawood Care & Maintenance

It is not good practice to soak your pakkawood product for extended periods of time. While pakkawood is resistant to water, it is still made of wood and may be damaged. Are your handles fading due to wear? Use tung oil or mineral oil, the same ones you use for any other wooden piece, and buff with a soft cloth. Tru-oil is another thing you can use.

In cases where oiling the pakkawood isn’t enough to get the shiny finish you’re used to, use sandpaper. Start with about 120 grit. Coat the pakkawood with oil and leave it for a few hours.

Repeat the process again working your way up to 240 grit and 400 grit. You can do this as many times as you like with multiple coats to polish the surface of your pakkawood. Finish off with a layer of varnish or wax.

Is Pakkawood Dishwasher Safe?

No, a pakkawood is not dishwasher safe. Pakkawood is made up of wood veneers so it is generally recommended to hand wash your pakkawood knives.

Conclusion

Pakkawood may sound like a foreign term, but it is commonly used in many kitchen knives. It is known for being durable, strong and water-resistant. You can use this for many other things including military equipment, pool cues and utensils.

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References:

  1. Western Dry Klin Association. (1992). Splits and Cracks In Wood. Retrieved from https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/dspace/bitstream/1957/5302/1/Splits_Cracks_Wood_ocr.pdf
  2. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Accessdata.fda.gov. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=177.2410

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