Zebra wood has a golden glow you just cant appreciate in a photo, It also has an Extremely high hardness to weight ratio. And it just feels different in your hand than other woods. Its like silk stone, if there is such a thing... Hard but soft. My traditional rippled cork inserts, brass hinges and rare earth magnet closure rounds this beauty out as a spectacular addition to anyone's collection. And as always, its finished with many coats of oil base polyurethane for long lasting durablility.