In the woods - Walnut

Landsknecht Emporium
Landsknecht Emporium
We arrived at a dense forest of walnut, which is one of the most diverse grip materials in our range with more than 21 individual species. The genus name "Juglans" (which translates roughly to "fruit of the gods") originates from the term "Juvis Glans" (meaning the Glans of Jupiter).
It is a well-known, popular and versatile hardwood, therefore older trees are becoming rarer day by day. This makes walnut an ever more valuable and costly wood type.
By standard option, we use two types of Walnut for our products, the English Walnut and the Eastern Black Walnut. In the following parts, we'll focus on these two species.
Both types are decorative, beautiful woods with strong differences in the deep, dark color of the deeper "dead" layers (the so-called duramen) and the "still living" outer layers (the albura) bright looks.
The duramen has usually a dark grey color with irregular, darker patterns. Colored patterns or "cloudy" images may also appear in it. After steaming it acquires a deep brown color.
Untreated walnut comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, from homogeneous grey to deep, warm colors and cloudy images anything can happen inside this wood. It's good to keep this in mind when ordering your piece with a walnut grip.
The Eastern Black Walnut usually has a deep, reddish-brown duramen which can be enhanced with oils and varnishes.
The walnut types we use are considered to be "midweight" woods, which means they are still hardwoods, yet a bit more flexible than Oak or Beech; meanwhile far from being as hard as either of those.
Walnut can moderately shrink but will keep the original form while doing so. Because of its softer nature, the surface is more prone to be damaged by scratching, forceful impacts may leave deep marks on it.
This is even more true for Eastern Black walnut.
Coloration and patterns of Walnut are stable, oxidation or UV radiation does not affect this type of wood. It has good abrasion-resistant capabilities, with regular cleaning and waxing of the surface it can be kept clean easily.
We always use the type we can source at the moment of production, in each case using the same slab for the two panels of a grip. You can ask in your order to use either of them if you'd like to have a specific type of walnut, we can always spare some material for later production ????
If historical accuracy is an aspect you're going for with your piece, it is good to know that the Eastern Black Walnut appears in Europe quite late, therefore for reenactment or similar purposes it is recommended to use English Walnut.
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