We use ebony with a characteristic striped grain that is widely distributed from South Asia to Africa.
It is very heavy, strong and durable and sinks in water.
In Japan, it has often been used for alcoves and Buddhist statues since ancient times, and is also famous as a talisman material.
It is also an expensive and hard-to-find material.
In addition to furniture and stringed instruments, we also use ebony for knife stands and trays.