What is Ky nam Oud?
Firstly, before talking about the differences between Ky nam and agarwood, we should talk about what is Ky nam Oud for your understanding. So, Ky nam Oud is a special wood that contains special resinous in the agarwood tree. Ky nam Oud is only formed in the core wood of Aquilaria crassna Pierre ex Lecomte. And the Aquilaria crassna Pierre ex Lecomte is only in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thai Lan, Lao, Hai Nan island of China. Vietnam is the origin of these agarwood trees, focus in middle central provinces of Vietnam like Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum. Ky nam is very very rare. There is one of the thousands of Aquilaria Crassna trees with hundreds of years may give Ky nam Oud. In Vietnam, We often found Ky nam Oud in dead agarwood trees that lies underground, steams… And some agarwood hunters also found Ky nam Oud in some live ancient agarwood trees with 100-200 years old in forests.
Different between Kinam Oud and Agarwood
It’s not easy to recognize the wood piece is Ky nam oud or high-grade agarwood, special if you are amateur. However, we can share some of our know-how and experiences to recognize the differentiation between Ky nam oud and agarwood. We separate into 03 methods: Without burning, burning and testing in a biological laboratory.
Firstly, without burning Ky nam – Agarwood method:
Checking the wood appearance: The easy way is to use the microscope to see the surface of wood pieces. If they are Ky nam oud, you can see full of Ky nam oil inside the wood fibers, like honey or wax. In opposite, the high-grade agarwood seems solid, not wet. You can see the picture below for more details different between kinam oud and agarwood:
The next tip, chew the wood piece. If the Kinam Oud, you can feel several tastes like sweet, bitter, sour and acrid. If the agarwood, you often feel the bitter taste only. In addition, you also feel the numbness of your tongue if the wood piece is Ky nam Oud. Agarwood cannot make your tongue numbness. And because of Ky nam oud is softer than agarwood, so you can feel soft when you chew.
The last tip for checking Kinam oud without burning: You should smell the wood chips at normal environment temperature. All of Ky nam types have full of Ky nam oud oil inside, so they have a strong fragrance at environment temperature. If you keep the Ky nam piece in the plastic bag. After 1-2 days, you can smell it through the plastic bag, don’t need to open the bag. And there are not all of high-grade agarwood type fragrance at low temperature like Ky nam oud.
Secondly, burning Kinam Oud and Agarwood method:
If you burn the agarwood chips, you will see a spiral smoke. And the smoke from agarwood chips is disappeared swiftly. The smell of agarwood chips is fragrance and normally sweet smell.
With Ky nam oud, you only need a very small piece like 1/5 of agarwood chip piece to burning. The Ky nam oud smoke has appeared immediately when you put the Ky nam piece to the hot agarwood burner. You can see a straight smoke rising up and disappear slowly. The smell of Ky nam oud is very different from agarwood smell. It’s like a compound of fruit, coffee, and milk…Ky nam oud smell is very impressed fragrance and difficult to forget. You should try it one time if you are an agarwood lover.
Testing Kinam oud in a biological laboratory.
The Japanese scientist found in Kinam Oud pieces that collected in Nha Trang a new spirovetivane-type sesquiterpene in 2006. It is (4R,5R,7R)-1(10)-Spirovetiven-11-ol-2-one sesquiterpene. Until now, they have not found this sesquiterpene in agarwood yet. So this sesquiterpene might be used as one of the important indications of quality evaluation of Kynam. This sesquiterpene has the highest grade significantly induced the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) exon III–V mRNA expression in rat cortical cells.
Conclusion: Some above tips show the main differences between Kinam oud and agarwood from our know-how and experiences. If you want to buy Kinam products, you should buy them from credible sellers and they have to guarantee their Kinam oud products. Some names of Kinam: Ky Nam, Ki nam, Kyara, Qi Nan, Calambac, bạch kỳ, thanh kỳ, hoàng kỳ, huỳnh kỳ, hắc kỳ, 奇楠. And the last tips for you when you buy kinam oud: Kinam is only found in the middle of Vietnam, Hai Nan island – China, Cambodia, Thai Lan, Lao.
From Oudwood Vietnam