One of my co-workers is purchasing some items from me to give to her boyfriend on Christmas. This pen/knife set is one thing that she is going to be getting. She is also buying a duck call and goose call (her boyfriend is a hunter, can you tell). Anyway, these are not made from wood, but acrylic. It is a pain to work with because you have to be very careful not to get it too hot and melt the blanks. I have not had any big problems like that yet, but I'm sure I will some day.