So I finally got up the nerve to make a second run of Water Buffalo Horn dice. Trust me, this is something you have to work up to. The smell… Dear sweet Jesus the smell. It smells something like burning hair meets rotting corpse with an aftertaste. I swear if this stuff didn’t make some of the best dice on the planet I’d quite working with it all together. Gross. That smell is in my hands and it won’t wash out… Lucky for yall, these dice don’t smell once they are finished as they only smell while they are being worked.
Water Buffalo have some giant black horns. Those horns make for some epically awesome dice. The dice pictured here do not have any finish applied to them. Instead they were buffed them using tripoli and a white rouge, then polished to a glossy luster with a soft cotton buffing wheel. This process, brings out the white marbling within the horn.
The golden numbers are not painted. They have been laser engraved as are all of our dice. Buffalo horn does not turn black in response to heat. Instead, it turns the golden hue seen here. This golden hue makes these jet black dice quite easy to read, unlike our dark wooden dice, which can be a pain to read in dim lighting.
The Water Buffalo were domesticated in South East Asia some 5000 years ago. They are used for just about everything from hamburgers, to milk and cheese, to plowing rice patties. Basically, Water Buffaloes are the Asian equivalent of the domestic cow crossed with an ox. Both food source and beast of burden.