When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. The grain is usually straight, but can also be wavy or irregular. Has a medium texture with good natural luster. Purpleheart is rated as being very durable, and resists both decay and most insect attacks. Purple Heart also rates over 2,500 lbf on the janka hardness scale making it another great olption for knives.
As with all woods in a natural, unstabikized state, grains, colors and shades can vary. These photo's show you Purple Heart in a raw, unfinished form.