I am celebrating a milestone birthday next week, and my wife wants to buy me a mnandi to commemorate the occasion. (Sorry, fellas, she has sisters, but they're all spoken for, and none are nearly as wonderful as she is!) Anyway, I have been reviewing the amazing variety of woods available, but can't seem to find "the one" just yet. So, I was hoping you'd share your thoughts, either about the woods I am considering, woods you have selected, any special details about any of the woods, or how you choose which wood for knives such as the mnandi. So far, after much reading here and research in a whole lot of places, I really like the looks, "story," or both of (in no order): Lignum Vitae Snakewood Ironwood Box Elder Cocobolo Camel Thorn Thanks for sharing any of your thoughts which might help me in my decision-making process.