How to see fake Agarwood

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The most expensive wood, Agarwood is an aromatic wood. There are a lot of various species in the market. And grade of wood by each species will give a different scent which species do consumers flavor. And have high market demand Assembled with good quality wood. Resulting in the high price of Agarwood The main species of Agarwood According to sources such as

  • Crassana from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
  • Filaria from Indonesia
  • Malaccensis from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Southern Myanmar
  • Cumingiana from Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Rugosa from Northern Burma, Northern Laos, Thailand, Northern, and Northern Vietnam
  • Khasiana and Agallocha from India
  • Sinensis and Yunnan origin from China and many other species.

There are also quite a few agarwood and Aetoxylon wood clusters in the global agarwood market. Each species is different in terms of smell and price. Including the color of wood such as the species that is Will give the color of the wood to light brown like the powder And has a name in the Arabic market “Irian” which comes from the wood source in Irian Jaya in Indonesia

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Aetoxylon Agarwood

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Agarwood from Irian Jaya

Agarwood from Irian Jaya

Wood from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia Most are the Krasna species, which has a dark brown color, almost black with a sweet fragrance. But not as pitch black as the Malacensense species from southern and Malaysia Or species that are close relatives of Malak Senses, such as the Backcarriana or Micro Carpa species Because this species has oil in a dark green color Causing the wood to become dull and fragrant.

The color is unique; each Agarwood species can observe from the pattern or the formation of oil in the wood, which be inserting between natural wood, causing us to see wood meat in a mode of burrs along the lines of the wood chisel.

Wood from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia Most are the Krasna species

Malacensense species from southern and Malaysia

For those who do not know about the oil and color of each species, as mentioned above. May have to spend money to find adulterated Agarwood at a high price. As is commonly seen in the Middle Agarwood market in the Middle East, Which aside from spending money on expensive wood Still at risk of developing severe respiratory illnesses such as lung cancer Or chronic sinusitis as well.

The following are the characteristics of various kinds of forged Agarwood, Which consumers must be careful when choosing to buy Because these woods, aside from when consumers buy at a price that is not worth the money May also receive toxic substances that may cause cancer as a giveaway after use as well.

1. Glued wood

Because many buyers pay attention to the size of wood pieces Causing many manufacturers or wood rangers to use hot glue or what we call an elephant sealant. Stick the broken pieces of wood to keep the size to sell at a reasonable price. The result is The user has severe irritation of the eyes and nose. Which the smell is pungent, stinging, and very intense, Causing tears to flow for many minutes, which the author himself had already experienced.
Glued agarwood
agarwood stained or painted

2. Wood stained or painted

Usually, good grade Agarwood is darker in color due to the concentration of the oil crystals that the tree produces. It looks like an oil fragment can be seeing along the line of the wood chisel. And will have more weight or weight according to the intensity of the wood color Viewing this dyed wood Look at the oil line, which will not be a burr line. But it will look like a piece of drainage. The weight of the wood is not that much, even though the wood looks very thick and black. Importantly, the color used for dyeing or painting the wood Commonly used in complete black. Despite the trees in our country that have a reddish-brown color. Which the color used Most often, it is making from asphalt mixed with oil or thinner—then dried to chase thinner.

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3. Oil impregnated wood

This oil-coated wood is prevalent in Malaysia and Indonesia. Because it helps increase the weight of the wood meat and makes it look darker, But this type of wood will not be challenging to observe by touch when he caught the wood. Then try to rub your fingers if you feel it then suspects that the oil is moistening. Another method is to try to burn Because the wood is moistened or oiled, it will catch on fire very quickly, and there will be a lot of white smoke in the air Which the Agarwood usually does not have that kind of smoke and that it is white-blue smoke.

This type of wood is either stalled by stuffing lead or plasticine inside the wood cavity. Or sometimes a white wood with an oil surface on the outside Watching this counterweight using a shake when in doubt lightwood but instead weights the hand because if there is a clutter In most cases, will shoot strange sounds, While regular wood there will be no sound when shaking.

When this happens, most buyers are cautious—causing the agarwood day to day trading going smoothly—both the wood selection and the price. As a result, manufacturers and growers of Agarwood have problems in terms of reliability. And the condition of investment decisions.
Although the problem of the forgery of wood is not new, it should not ignore because some buyers of Agarwood came to sell, including customers who are not yet aware of these strategies went to buy those wood, causing those merchants to lose customers. Or the Customers, later come to know only when the wood is using.  And allergic reactions are caused by inhalation of these chemicals. These are things that shouldn’t happen at all.

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