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    Guys, I know lignum vitea is suppose to be the hardest wood out there, and I know that Missouri's hedge/osage orange will doom all steel tools, but whats the baddest tree out there for hardness in the U.S? Do we have it in Missouri, and if not, what is the hardest in MO?

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    Ironwood?
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    Yeah I'd probably say Arizona desert ironwood is up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoxemDeliph View Post
    ... whats the baddest tree out there for hardness in the U.S? Do we have it in Missouri, and if not, what is the hardest in MO?

    Mint.


    Well, it's menthol isn't it?!


    Sorry I can't help, but I've been waiting ages to say that (says he who is hoping that the joke travels )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerd Orfe-Moyland View Post
    Mint.


    Well, it's menthol isn't it?!


    Sorry I can't help, but I've been waiting ages to say that (says he who is hoping that the joke travels )
    I think that one traveled right over my head.

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    I've handled some petrified wood that was very hard; is this a trick question?

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    You will need to look at specific gravity,
    Sugar Maple .63
    Mulberry (Osage's cousin) .66
    Hop Hornbeam/ironwood-.70
    Hickory-.72
    Dogwood .73
    Persimmon is .74
    Osage-.82
    Info taken from The Bowyers Bible # 1

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    I know I have some old (over 50 years old) Osage Orange/ Bois D'Arc heartwood from my grandfathers garage, and it is beyond my skills to cut. Hand saw, table saw, chisel, non of them cut more than a shallow groove ! This stuff could make good armor plate if worked properly .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okbushcraft View Post
    You will need to look at specific gravity,
    Sugar Maple .63
    Mulberry (Osage's cousin) .66
    Hop Hornbeam/ironwood-.70
    Hickory-.72
    Dogwood .73
    Persimmon is .74
    Osage-.82
    Info taken from The Bowyers Bible # 1
    Good call Okbushcraft I saw this thread and went to my copy of The Bowyers Bible. I was just about to post and read the rest of the posts and saw yours.

    Osage Orange or Bois D'Arc (archers wood) is extremely hard and will dull a chainsaw chain real fast. Hornbeam and/or Hophornbeam is a close second.

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    Ahah! Good stuff. Thanks much.

    Im guessing that all the all of those woods are in MO? Aside from ironwood and hornbeam...never heard of hornbeam. It just sounds tough.

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