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These shift knobs are hand turned from exotic woods by Robin Casady. The knob attaches to your MINI Cooper or BMW manual transmission shift lever with one of Doug Whalen's stainless steel adapters (included). Adapters are available for both R56 and R53 MINIs, as well as manual shift BMWs.

African Blackwood Bullet Shift Knob #40

50mm dia. x 80mm
African Blackwood is the wood used for clarinets and similar musical instruments. It is a hard dense wood with a nice luster to it, and makes excellent shift knobs. The color varies from dark chocolate brown to black.

I'm keeping this one, but showing it for the shape. I will make other knobs in this shape upon request.

The shape was inspired by the "handle" style shifting ergonomics used in some Le Mans race cars. When driving with the #40 tall blackwood handle style knob I found that the narrowing at the top to be very comfortable. So this is a short knob with that style. If you like the short shifter, but want to try the handle style of shifting, this is a good choice. I like driving with it.

This knob was sanded with 1,500 grit silicon carbide paper and buffed to a high polish. Numerous coats of hand-rubbed Polyurethane were applied to seal the wood and protect it. The hand-rubbed method allows the finish to penetrate into the grain without leaving a plastic-looking coating over the surface.

Care: Typically, no special care is needed. Cleaning can usually be accomplished by rubbing with a soft cloth. If more aggressive methods are required, a damp cloth, or furniture cleaner can be used.

Interior shot lightened so knob would be visible against the black interior.

Black and dark brown grain pattern. In bright light it has a nice glow to the grain.

Satisfaction is guaranteed. If you aren't happy with a knob you receive, contact me within 30 days of shipment to make arrangements to return it for credit, or refund of the purchase price. Shipping cost not refunded. The knob must be in like-new condition. Time and materials will be charged if the knob must be refinished or repaired.

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