Here we go. I have used all sorts of wood for all sorts of things for years but only in the last couple of weeks have used a piece of stabilized mango for a handle on a chef's knife. Thank you, Ben Greenberg of providing this piece. I'm very impressed with it. Now i'm making Sayas or wood sheaths for this and several other chef's knives. I'm making the saya from magnolia. The internet says magnolia is the traditional wood used for this in Japan and that's very cool because magnolia has been sort of a signature wood for me on many projects over the past 40 years. The saya is turning out VERY nice. It got me thinking about wood sheaths for other fixed blade knives. I don't want to learn leather work and I already am pretty good with wood. I just saw a boot knife by Bone over on the Custom Forum with a rosewood sheath and that really got me going. What if I used stabilized wood for a sheath? It would certainly be water proof. Would it be stronger and less likely to crack? Could I safely work it down thinner than I would dare to go with natural wood? I have Magnolia that has been drying in the attic for ten years that I could ship off to K&G or somebody.