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Imperium is an artisan studio based in a small historic town in Ellicott City MD. We have a workshop and retail store on the main street where we showcase our razors. Every Imperium razor is made by hand from select woods. We are proud to make our razors in the USA and to continue the hard working traditions of our Mill Town roots.
Cocobolo is a tropical hardwood of the tree Dalbergia retusa from Central America. Only the heartwood is used: this is typically orange or reddish-brown in color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. The sapwood (not often used) is a creamy yellow, with a sharp boundary with the heartwood. The heartwood is known to change color after being cut, lending to its appeal.
Olive wood has been used for hundreds of years and comes from older trees that are unproductive for fruit. Most Olive wood comes from the pruning of younger trees so no trees are ever destroyed in the harvest. Its rich and beautiful grains and textures give olive wood a great quality. And as it ages, the grains and colors become darker and richer. And because of its value, there is a high demand for it.
Spalted Maple figuring is recognizable by light and dark patches in the wood, separated by black winding streaks.The unique coloration of spalted maple is caused by pigmentation fungi either bleaching or staining the patches of the wood they affect. The long, winding outlines around these patches are known as "zone lines", and represent barriers that the fungi have erected to protect their resources
Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several species in the genus Diospyros, but ebony may also refer to other heavy, black (or dark colored) woods from unrelated species. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. Its fine texture, and very smooth finish when polished, make it valuable as an ornamental wood. The word "ebony" derives from the Ancient Egyptian hbny, via the Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ébenos), by way of Latin and Middle English.