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This is a good information site on woods. Under (Wood Articles) there is a great deal of information.

www.wood-database.com
 
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Hardness of wood is measured on what is called the Janka scale. Here is a chart of that scale. You will see basswood in the upper right. It is a wood most know and gives you something to compare to if you have not seen this before.

http://workshoppages.com/WS/Misc/Wood-Hardness-Chart.pdf
 

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Along w. the Janka hardness, I've found the modulus of elasticity to be valuable. The hardness is a good indicator of how hard (or not) carving will be. But the elasticity seems to be a good indicator of durability. Hickory isn't the hardest, but over all seems the best for rugged use as it is more flexible than harder woods.
 

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Along w. the Janka hardness, I've found the modulus of elasticity to be valuable. The hardness is a good indicator of how hard (or not) carving will be. But the elasticity seems to be a good indicator of durability. Hickory isn't the hardest, but over all seems the best for rugged use as it is more flexible than harder woods.
Its like a good blade. You want hard enough to hold a edge but not so brittle as to break or chip under pressure.
 
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