The King and Queen top "Heads", are Grade A Ebony Wood.n, Clear Coated for a glossy surface... The coated surface must be sanded till all the surface of the Heads are even. There are 4 stages of sanding, each stage uses a finer (Smaller) "Grit", The "Grit" is represented by the number of "Holes" in 1 x 1 Square. sifter, The smaller the Girt, the less amount of surface material is "abrasively cut down".
The final stage is buffing the surface with a fine buffing compound and soft Buffing wheel, to achieve the glossy surface..
Ebony Woods start off as 1" x 1" x 12" Square Wood Stock.. They are cut to 1" round srock and the Ebony Bodies are machined.
Finishing is a Cyano Acrylate (CA) Clear Coat that is sanded and buffed/polished to a high gloss.
The Ebony woods are actually, a beautiful, super dark brown.. They require a brighter than normal light to see the wood grains/patterns.
The "Negative side" of Good Ebony, is, with a High Gloss Finish ( HGF) , the ebony looks like Black plastic.
The set's design will not be in accordanance with Chess Competition play.. The Knight for the Tuxedo Set was consepualized as more of a warrior, and, replaced the traditional; Horse's Head.