Your Thoughts On Titanium Anodizing?

I’d like your thoughts on this…

As you probably know by now – pretty much everything I produce in titanium is minimalist, simple and no-nonsense.

There’s no “fancy stuff”.

Everything is made to be simple and easy.

To simplify your life …but in a way that SCREAMS high quality and originality!

And, as part of this, I pretty much only produce titanium products in Stonewash or Matte finish.

I’ve experimented with anodizing some prototypes in the past (as well as purchased a few anodized titanium products).

Truth be told:

I don’t know about you but… I’ve always preferred the RAW titanium look (instead of any kind of colour).

But, out of shear curiosity (well, “market research” really), I’ve curious as to what YOUR thoughts are on this.

Personally…

I love the richer colour that Stonewash or Matte finish titanium gets after it’s been in use for a while.

And, related to this, I’m apprehensive of any sort of colour on my products wearing away with use and looking less good.

 

BUT…

There’s one thing I might consider doing just now – and that’s anodizing parts of my products that have places that can’t be touched with fingers …or scratched by other objects.

For an example of what I’m talking about – take a look at the countersunk “lines” on top of the PryMal™ here.

  • Thom says:

    I like it. I think it can ad a bit of a personal touch, and style. Depending on the application and colors it can really change the look. While it can be expensive, its not really too impactfull considering the cost of Ti itself. For example, in the following link I was really digging the color application:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tactical/timag-engineered-titanium-magnets/posts/882981?cursor=7058197

    • Yes, I backed those – one of each colour. Yes, the cost isn’t too bad from anodizing from my initial forays into it – but it’s not really a price thing. More of a practical/popularity thing.

  • Sven says:

    Hi Magnus,
    I see it like Thom. Sometimes it is a surplus which gives the device at hand another, more interesting look. But with respect to your products so far, there is no need to touch them up with a color. I prefer the Cogent Industries devices and tools in pure Titanium. Raw and bead blasted.

    So, it is not necessary for me so far.

    Kind regards
    Sven

  • Peter van Eijndhoven says:

    Hi Marcus,
    I have the same feeling as you about the product. I like the “naked”material so no coating, no paint. If I would to have a “special version” I would think on engraving or special design of the tool.
    So for me, leave it as “naked” as possible.
    Peter

  • Miroslav says:

    Hi Magnus,

    I believe the anodizing has its place in decorative items but when it comes to practical applications (I would count EDC as one), I’d say the raw finish is the best. That said, I would not dismiss something just because it is anodized (if it wears out, so be it) but my preference would be just the raw look.

  • Joe w says:

    Along with the engraving idea and your idea Magnus, what if you engrave a tool and Anodize the engraved area/lettering??

  • Helen marshall says:

    I like the blues and stuff but hey that me

  • Gusto says:

    I agree with the others, no full color scheme, but perhaps some anodized color to highlight some features of the tool you create or perhaps an engraved design. Nice ideas guys.

  • Vic says:

    I like anodized titanium parts. The worn off bits and scratches that that a well-worn anodized part takes on is interesting to me, it shows it’s age and is a history of the tool and gives it interesting contrast.

    • That’s interesting Vic. I’ve not carried an anodized titanium product around with me at all (only really carry around the gear I make).

      Maybe the idea of all the scratches and such is worse than it actually occurring. Maybe it even looks good…

  • Tom says:

    Only a few of my tools are anodized. I seldom have it done unless I really like the look for the additional cost.

  • Cheryl Petrone says:

    Hi Magnus,
    For me, being a women, I love the softness that color anodizing can bring to certain titanium gear, especially larger items. Things like clips and hooks look best with a stonewash, bead blasted or machined finish. I really like the suggestion that Joe W. had about adding some subtle anodizing to an engraved area.

    • Thanks for your different perspective on this Cheryl.

      It funny …a few women I’ve talked to have said, “can you do it in pink?”

      (oh, wait, maybe it was me saying to them, “I can do it in pink!” …can’t remember. ha-haa)

  • Bob R. says:

    Hi to All:

    This is obviously a personal preference – I like the option of anodized Ti. tools. If done correctly it adds a certain flair and individuality. Magnus, your inventions are wonderful in your stonewashed and polished versions – I just think you would do well to offer some of them in an anodized finish.

    Keep up the great work.

    Compliments!

    • Thank you for your honest feedback Bob. Most appreciated.

      As you know I’m starting to toy with a polished finish lately on prototypes – and so starting to open myself up to other options too.

  • Peter says:

    I’ve been tempted by anodized colors but at the end of the day I always return to the “raw” look which I prefer.

  • Tom says:

    There’s a guy, Chad Nichols, in Mississippi that is making Mokume from Titanium… the stuff that he’s doing is pretty incredible looking. Custom knife tool makers have been using his stuff to some beautiful end results. Here’s a link to a photo (the handles of the knife are made of Titanium Mokume, blade is a stainless steel damascus): http://goo.gl/G4Si2I

    • Thank for the link Tom.

      Yes, I have considered doing a few extremely high-end “V.I.P.” versions of my products in that kind of material.

      It look awesome in photos – and I’m assuming just as good in real life. Watch this space!

  • British says:

    I do prefer when it’s raw…

  • David Smith says:

    Hate it to be honest. Stone wash all the way for me. Don’t even like the polished look. Im with you on this magnus

  • Herbert says:

    Maybe it’s just because i can’t decide which color i like most, but when i have the choice, most of the time i order “raw” Ti stuff.

  • William says:

    I think it may suit some of your products, do a split test on some ?
    Possibly chrome finish with a blue or gold anodising on a machined pattern?

  • Mark says:

    I am with you, Magnus. Raw, stonewashed or bead blasted for me. No anodizing at all would be my preference, but maybe some custom stamps like old time maker’s marks (see, for example, http://www.925-1000.com/british_marks.html).

    • It’s funny you mention that now – it’s something I’m looking into.

      I now have loads of titanium product “out there” in the real world – but none of them have any identification on them.

      I’ve been focusing so much on prototyping and getting stuff done …that I’ve never bothered about this.

      Definitely need to get something done soon!

  • don says:

    how about heat anodizing …

  • Darryl says:

    For the most part I agree with you, Magnus. You have already carefully considered both sides of the argument.

    That said, a nicely done, subtle splash of color in the right place can add a lot to the overall look. But I also agree that it should be in a spot that can’t be worn away. It also has to be very subtle if any anodizing is used at all.

    But like everyone else, overall I prefer a nice, buttery smooth finish on my titanium with a stone washing.

  • Michael says:

    Anodized titanium is nice to look at sometimes. A lot of titanium items and custom knives and tools are artworks, but over-embellishments like exotic materials, carvings, and anodizing make a knife or tool more of a piece of art than a knife or tool. I prefer simple things. Polished or stonewashed titanium just has that “tougher” feeling, and is preferable to me in terms of a knife or tool. Maybe a pendant bead would be nice anodized, but not a tool.

  • Rob says:

    I don’t think there’s a correct answer, it all depends on what you intend to do with the object, and what the object is. It’s always nice to have a choice. Those that like anodizing can get it, and those that don’t won’t.

  • Paul says:

    I’ve purchased several Ti items and definitely prefer the simpleness of the metal itself, so I have never purchased one anodized.

    – Paul

  • Great feedback about this!

    It’s cool that the majority have a preference for the simple, Stonewash/Matte finish.

    I had a little voice in my head thinking perhaps you wanted more options – but, alas, most are fairly happy with various “Raw” looks. Cool.

  • Herbert says:

    Well….I agree that for most of my titanium items I have preferred a plain finish. However, the anodized items I have actually kept their color except for their “edges” which burnish to a lighter shade and highlight the edges nicely. I kind of like the blue finishes, but the “rainbow” or multi colors are cool also. Imagine a Viperfish in a vibrant blue tinting to violet. After a few months on my key chain the edges would be a burnished silver/bronze and make the Viperfish even cooler. Perhaps I’ll have to get a transformer and try it myself.

    I respect everyone’s thoughts here.

    Cheers!

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