Among all the emails we are getting every week, we will have on
average, more than 10 readers writing to us, to either:
1) Ask if the piece of agarwood they have on hand is "old"
enough to be able to fetch a good price.
2) Ask for
information and tips to "age" their new wood.
Agarwood.com.sg to provide certification service for their
to put up one article and hope it will be useful to you guys.
For new comers or someone who is new to agarwood, it is quite
common for you to buy young agarwood chips which are usually
harvested within one year. This type of "fresh agarwood", has a
darker and blackish appearance compare to those "middle age"
agarwood which has a reddish brown skin color. Let me show you
some photos which is easier to digest than my badly written
Young Agarwood Chips
In room temperature, wet agarwood with high moisture
level tends to release scent better than the middle age
agarwood, depending on how you store your agarwood. In
general term, as wet agarwood dries out ,it's moisture content
together with it's weight also drop. This is not something which
the hunter or the seller wants to see :) To reach the "middle
age" stage, the moisture content has to be further reduced and
the color of the resin change from black to reddish brown, this
which is easily available at retail shops, can be use for very
good incense and burns beautifully on charcoal.
So what if you have a piece of sinking agarwood? How do i know
if it will sinks under water in future? For sinking
grade agarwood, any wood which can sinks after 6 years of
storage, in my opinion, is a form of stable "sinking grade
agarwood". Sadly, most of the sinking agarwood in the market are
either "modified to sink" or it is still wet and will floats up
in the jar of water to say "hello" to their master :)
Eventually, most of the agarwood will be non sinking, even if
you manage to clean it further to remove the lighter portion of
the wood. An experience trader will be able to differentiate
those sinking grade which are more mature and has a higher
sinking rate after 5-6 years.
Middle Age Agarwood (Old oud by some) If you
manage to keep your agarwood for more than 3 years, most likely,
some pieces with good oil content will be able to develop to the
"red skin", which some refers as old agarwood. This type of
agarwood is more or less "stable" and produce beautiful and
purer agarwood scent than the younger chips. Some collectors
also prefer to "play and polish" this grade of wood, which gives
a very gloss and shiny finish to it. (Just be sure that you does
not turn it into something which does not smells like agarwood
Last but not least, we have the fossil type agarwood which i
like to refer them as "Grandpa's agarwood". For this type of
agarwood, they have a fossil like appearance like the piece in
the banner on top, this type of grade, usually change hand among
collectors and the price are certainly on the high side. Most of
the pieces does not surface online, some agarwood books do have
them and you can appreciate the beauty of time and the art of
If readers have some beautiful photos of vintage agarwood
and would like to share on this site, do email and image credits
will be given to the owners.