It is what it is. These sound good and work easily.
Tusq is a neat plastic that makes a "clink" & "plink" sound like bone, when you drop it on a table, or work bench. Filing, sanding, and shaping Tusq is wonderful. It shapes easily. I hear people say how bone likes to splinter and chip. I don't know. I use Swiss, Swedish, German, & Sheffield files, and high end abrasives. I was working with bone, ivory, horn, & plastics like cyclovac many years before Tusq came along. Tusq is uniform throughout with uniform density, and it sounds an awful lot like a combination of bone, and Micarta, which is very good. Martin & Gibson both used Micarta, which is linen encased in an epoxy type resin, and it too is a man made, synthetic, with a uniformity not found in bone, ivory, or horn. You also do not get bone dust, which has a bit of an "urp factor" for me. Bone dust is a bit upry smelling. Think "renderings plant odors"! Anyway, I love the stuff! Nu Bone is not bad either, but the Tusq is neat stuff! If you prefer bone, ivory, graphite, brass, boxwood, or even ironwood, we are always happy to oblige! Tusq is good stuff, black or ivory.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Seth Burgin from Arizona.