What is Pakkawood?

Written by Andrew

October 2, 2019

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What is Pakkawood?

Pakkawood is a hardwood laminate material that is used in household products such as knives, cutlery and other cooking utensils. It is a dense material that is heat and moisture resistant. It is made from engineered wood (impregnated wood veneers) and a composite resin that is better than the typical wood it is used to replace.

Because of it’s added durability and washability it is a better choice than wood in both knives and kitchen utensils. 

It is also known as Dymondwood or Colorwood. 

Bottom line: Pakkawood is a wood with a veneer coating that is more durable than regular wood. It is both heat and water resistant making it a better handle choice for several household products such as the best chef knives.


Where do you use Pakkawood?

Because of it’s durability pakkawood is commonly used in kitchen utensils and cutlery. The most likely place you will see pakkawood is in knife handles. They have the look of woodgrain and a shiny resin coating on it which helps make it longer lasting. 

You typically see Pakkawood on:

  • Kitchen knife handles
  • Tactical knives
  • Cooking spoons
  • Cooking spatulas
  • Pool cues (these are commonly used as a breaking cue due to the strong material)


Where is Pakkawood from?

Pakkawood was developed in Egypt. It is an overarching term for wood veneers that consist of several layers of hardwood. It is a very common thing to see on many of your kitchen essentials.


Is Pakkawood better than regular wood?

Pakkawood has several advantages over regular wood. Pakkawood is durable, moisture resistant and has a nice sheen. Whereas wood is less durable, can splinter, and absorb water.  This makes pakkawood a more desirable option for handles.


Can you color Pakkawood? 

Yes. Pakkawood can be colored to a variety of different colors to appeal to the aesthetic of your home. The colors can range from a natural light wood such as maple to a darker walnut wood. You are also able to give your pakkawood different colours than a woodgrain look. 


What is Rainbow Pakkawood?

Rainbow pakkawood is a pakkawood that has a rainbow look to it. It has the appearance and weight of hardwood but is much more durable. 

Here is an example of rainbow pakkawood in these kitchen utensils. 




What knife companies use Pakkawood?

Elk Ridge




Many of the knife companies that use pakkawood are the ones that offer a limited lifetime warranty on the knife because of the durability of the handle that pakkawood provides. You can find it on many household items in your kitchen. 


Pakkawood Utensils

There are many manufacturers of pakkawood utensils and they come in a variety of styles. The look of these utensils is very unique and will have your guests asking you where you got such interesting looking items. 

As a bonus because it is made of wood you can use many of these items on your non stick cookware. See some of them here. 


There is this set of ice cream bowls and scooper. 


How to Care For Pakkawood?

If you are wondering how to care for pakkawood it’s pretty easy. To care for your knives and utensils was them by hand with soap and water, after you have rinsed them off immediately dry them to avoid any water damage. 

 Because pakkawood consists of wood and resin, soaking it is not recommended.


Is Pakkawood Dishwasher safe?

No, while the material is water resistant, the wood veneer on it can be damaged by the water and soap with prolonged exposure like you would have in a dishwasher. See the section 


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