Texas Ebony Block TE-166
1-3/4" x 1-1/2" x 8-1/2"
This is a dark brown end-grain block of Texas Ebony. It is 90% the dark brown color of Texas Ebony heartwood, and it has a thin wedge of light-colored sapwood along the front left edge of the first photo. There are several attractive knots in the block.
There is a set of three cracks initiating at the sapwood - heartwood interface. They cut visibly through the sapwood (third photo) but terminate quickly within the heartwood. These should turn off readily. I see no other cracks, checks, or significant flaws.