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I was browsing through a bunch of AK pictures on this and other sights and noticed a lot of people "oohhhing" and "awwwing" over Russian wood and stuff. Am I the only one who can't tell a difference between Bulgarian, Russian, Egyptian, Polish, ect., wood furniture on an AK?

It all looks pretty much the same to me, yet some people will drop big money on Russian stuff. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem at all with people trying to get their rifles as authentic as possible; but I just don't see a difference in wood from different countries. I assume there must be very subtle differences.

Maybe it is like being tone deaf, but with wood; I'll just never get it... :peep:
 

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Judging by the lack of responses, I'd say maybe you are. :cool:

I still do not have down the early and late subtleties with Russian furniture, but I can definitely tell there are differences between the types of wood used on different AKs.
 

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Its as different as night and day to me,

Yugo Wood,



Romanian Wood



Russian 74 Laminated Wood



Russian AKM Laminated Wood





Polish Laminated Wood



Egyptian Laminated Wood



Hungarian Wood



Chinese Wood

 

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Hang out a while... you'll be able to spot it... There are differences...
 

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A lot of the problem I think you're having is it's very hard to come by high quality, high resolution pictures of the different stuff so you can really tell what it looks like. If you've never seen any really nice Russian laminate in person, for instance, and you haven't really come across any really high quality pictures of it, you might not have any idea how beautiful it can really look in person. The laminations, properly finished, take on kind of a holographic quality through the finish and look very very cool.
 

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Nice buffet/example of wood Johno :wink:
 

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They are all different! Like Black and White! Strong it is not! The AK force with you! "Yoda" :grin: Give it time!

T :smile:
 

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There is nice wood and nasty wood, but
there is NOTHING like some nice Deep red/orange Russian furniture! :cool:
 

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IronBalaclava said:
There is nice wood and nasty wood, but
there is NOTHING like some nice Deep red/orange Russian furniture! :cool:
+1 to that...No other country can seem to match the beauty of design or "old world" finish that the Russian's have...
 

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have to argue with last two posts.... while Russian is sweet, I do have a soft spot in my heart for even nasty beat up Yugo wood... it's my favorite, more solid, less.... laminated...
 

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I'll be the Devil's advocate here and say that yeah, at least with the laminate stuff I don't see why people pay a premium for Russian or Maadi stuff. A decent refinish job on Romy furniture will make it look the same, at least to my eye.

Of course, I do like the buttery yellow Bulgarian blonde stuff, and I can see the difference of the Yugo Teak. :smile:
 

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How does the Ironwood "Russian" look compared to the real deal?
 

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Johno, nice example.I'm going to have to say it again, there's nothing like a mint set of russian wood.All the types included.
 

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When I first started looking at AK's I was overwhelmed by the permutations and everything ran together. Although I am not certain I can spot the differences between the various laminated furniture sets in a fun show bin, part of the fun is discovering the differences as I go along. So I do agree with the OP's comment but would add, more time & study is needed to correct it. I was the same way and now am not.
 

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There's more to it than the different finishes, Russian laminated handguards have, somewhat, sharper cut hand swells.
 

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i would say they look the same but have suttle differences.
i also think the thumbhole stocks are the ones that are very different!
 
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