Katalox (pronounced kata-low-sh) is also called Mexican Ebony. It is a wonderful substitute for ebony, in my opinion it far surpasses any of the ebonies in sheer beauty. Using Katalox as a mere substitute for ebony is a travesty, however, since it overlooks the inherent qualities of the wood that put it a step above any ebony. Katalox is the color of blackberries and polishes to a full rich shine that enhances the deep burgundy and purple tones of the wood. Katalox is not black, even though it can pass for black, upon closer inspection there is a myriad of deep reds and rich royal violets just below the surface.