An Unhealthy Titanium Obsession?

So, what’s going down at Cogent Industries today?

Well, a few things…

I’ve been continuing with the non-stop-and-over-the-top testing of surface finishes on my titanium products.

I naturally have an addictive and somewhat obsessive personality – which is both a good thing and, sometimes, a bad thing.

But I can confidently say that when it comes to getting a mind-blowing finish on titanium products …then my genetic flaws are really, REALLY helpful.

I tend to test …and test …and test …and test …and then test some more.

When I tumble the titanium the stuff I put the titanium into is called media. There are so many variables when doing surface finishing with a tumbler. There’s media type, media size, media quantity, water quantity, soap type, soap amount, time of tumbling, order of tumbling, speed of tumbling, …and so on.

And I have to keep track of what each process is doing as I test it.

Here’s an example:

A few dozen titanium HangKeys are "sacrificed" as I strive to find the Holy Grail of surface finishes...

A few dozen titanium HangKeys are “sacrificed” as I strive to find the Holy Grail of surface finishes…

 

In the above photo I have sacrificed a few dozen titanium HangKey pocket-clips as I search for the “Holy Grail” of surface finishes for my titanium products.

The cable-ties on each HangKey are used to help track which processes the HangKey has been through. Every HangKey in the above photos as been through a DIFFERENT process. No two HangKeys have had the same finish.

I am kind of obsessed with this …but, hand-on-heart, I believe it is a healthy obsession.

 

Now, what else has been going on… oh, yes, a little more progress on the titanium wallet.

I did a little cutting of some 10mm thick titanium plate today:

I cut a titanium wallet "blank" today. It ain't cheap this stuff - but it WILL be worth it in the end for sure.

I cut a titanium wallet “blank” today. It ain’t cheap this stuff – but it WILL be worth it in the end for sure.

 

The wallet is going to be made from titanium and carbon fiber.

Believe it or not…

The solid block of titanium is going to be almost entirely machined away leaving virtually nothing left.

I mean, really. How depressing is that ladies and gentlemen? I import a big chunk of titanium …and then I go and machine almost all the titanium away until there is nothing left!

Is it a lot of work?Yes.

Is it extreme?Most definitely.

Is it obsessive?Of course.

Is it going to create the world’s best wallet?There isn’t a doubt in my mind! 😀

Here’s a little look at the titanium “chunk” before it is machined:

A monster "chunk" of titanium begging for mercy before it gets machined away to almost nothing!

A monster “chunk” of titanium begging for mercy before it gets machined away to almost nothing!

 

Now, here’s the thing…

This is as far as I am with this.

My machinist is still waiting for some tooling to come from overseas specifically for cnc-machining this titanium wallet (yes, we’ve got to import some super-specialized tools just for this wallet).

That’s pretty much it so far.

Actually, before I go, here’s a short video I did for you today:

  • Jean-Maxime Marleau says:

    Talking about finishing… Any news about the TiN coatinf for the The One pen ?

    Also, have you ever tried oxidizing titanium with oxi clean. I swear it gives a super awesome sleek-stealth ninja like finish and I’m sure your OCD would be begging you to offer it.

    Let me know if you want comparison pictures between your stealth finish vs the oxi clean one.

    To impossibly high standard !
    Jmax

  • Cliff Poland says:

    Any progress on the pad texturing for your next tweezer run?

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