I have gotten my brother and his wife a couple Japanese Kitchen Knives over the years as Christmas/Wedding presents. This year, I am rehandling them! I showed them some Maple Burls, Claro Walnut, Curly Koa, and a few other stabilized burls. They went for the block of Stabilized Curly Mango and I saw I could get both of their knives out of it! It has that shimmer similar to Koa, but a lighter and more flecked grain pattern. I used a Natural Phenlic (brown) pin material, ie Micarta, because it blends into the handle nicely and works at the same rate as wood.
Handle grain closeup:
Different lighting on the same side of the handle:
The knife is a Tojiro DP, but a line I found without the metal bolster! This one is MUCH thinner both in the blade and behind the edge than most other Tojiro DP's I have played with recently and is no where near as clunky feeling.
I am working on their Hattori Damascus Petty currently, I should have pics in a few days if I can get some warmer weather to get into my shed!