||SFI Proprietary Grades for
SFI has developed Four Grades that reflect
the unique properties of the Fijian Mahogany. The names of the
grades are based on Fijian culture:
Tabua Grade. This is the highest grade available, a virtually
clear product with scattered Fijian Mahogany Pinknots. The name
comes from the greatest gift a Fijian clan can give to another clan or
visitor, the Tabua, a whale tooth. The Tabua is a sign of high
respect and friendship.
Ratu Grade. The Ratu grade is designed for those who want a
bit more character to their material as it includes more pinknots.
Ratu, in Fijian, means chief, and we feel this is a grade worthy of the
Bula Grade. "Bula!" is the warm welcome you receive
every where you go in Fiji, meaning "welcome!"
"hello!" or "Good to see you!" It is a flexible
and friendly word, and that reflects this grade. This is an
all purpose grade, and you can use it in a variety of roles.
Vinaka Grade. Vinaka means "thank you" in Fijian and
most of this grade originates from the top of the trees, where the tree is thankful
for the sunlight. There are some large knots in this grade, which
can be used as is or cut around for clear cuttings.
Uro Grade. Uro literally means "fat" in Fijian, but
it is common slang for "attractive" or "hot." If
a Fijian walks up to you and says, "you're Uro," then you know
they're interested! We consider this grade, which is really a
"mill run" mix of approximately 25% each of the above grades, to
be a hot deal.
To download a full chart (Excel file) outlining the grading rules in
detail, please click here.
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