I order a new product and expected it to come looking like new. The package had been opened and taped with thin, cheap black tape and not well either. It was sloppy. This was a gift for a bartender for Christmas. Looked terrible.
This muddler is NOT made out of lignum vitae. It is made out of a much lighter, cheaper wood that has been stained the appropriate color. This wood stain is especially problematic in a device generally used for alcohol beverages, as it tends to dissolve in the alcohol.
Unless you're a paint stain drinking enthusiast or don't value your eyesight, I would very seriously recommend avoiding this product.