Grade 5 Titanium - TA6V for knifemaking
Titanium alloy: an exceptional metal. For a long time, titanium was reserved for the high-tech or confidential sectors of activity because of its unique and exceptional properties. It is now used in a multitude of applications, including, of course, cutlery.While not having left the bi...More information
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Titanium alloy: an exceptional metal.
For a long time, titanium was reserved for the high-tech or confidential sectors of activity because of its unique and exceptional properties. It is now used in a multitude of applications, including, of course, cutlery.
While not having left the biomedical, energy, aerospace and military industries, titanium alloys are valued in almost all fields for their anti-corrosive, strength, lightness, low thermal conductivity and magnetic insensitivity.
Titanium Grade 5 TA6V: the titanium of cutlers.
An aluminium/vanadium alloy, Grade 5 TA6V titanium offers an excellent compromise between mechanical strength, toughness and ductility.
Although it is more difficult to work with than stainless steel, it can be machined with suitable tools, particularly for drilling and tapping, and it can, of course, be welded.
The qualities of this alloy are numerous and particularly interesting in cutlery.
A pleasant colour, a light weight and, for this grade, an elasticity that allows the manufacture of liner-locks and frame-locks without the need for heat treatment.
Thicknesses from 1.5 to 4 mm (0.06 to 0.16in).
With thicknesses of 1.5, 2, 3 and 4 mm (0.06, 0.08, 0.12,and 0.16in) available, every part of a closing knife can be made from this Grade 5 TA6V titanium, except the blade, of course.
Titanium for knife makers, it is the most widely used of the titanium alloys due to its extraordinary qualities.
Liner-locks or frame-locks, plates, ribs or bolsters can be made entirely of this grade of titanium for an ultra-light and ultra-resistant knife.
For mounting, titanium screws of the same grade are available in our "Screws" section of our online shop.
Coloured titanium: from original grey to coloured.
Grade 5 TA6V titanium is originally a pleasant grey colour.
It can also be surface treated by anodising to colour it to a shade of one's choice or to be able to apply a paint or varnish (based on molybdenum Teflon) which will improve its friction properties.
Colouring can also be obtained manually by passing the part through the flame of a blowtorch, avoiding reaching the temperature of 600° which could alter its mechanical characteristics.
With a little mastery, beautiful iridescent colours can be obtained, ranging from pink to blue with more or less strong tones.
The possibilities of colouring are, as we can see, multiple in the respect of the rules linked to the intrinsic qualities of Titanium.
But where does this mysterious metal with such exceptional qualities come from?
Titanium ore was discovered in 1791 in the form of what was called "black sand" in a river in Cornwall.
From this sand, chemical experiments and treatments produced an impure oxide of an unknown metal.
From 1795 to 1825, further discoveries and experiments led to the isolation of this unknown metal and the naming of it "Titanium", while its physical and chemical properties were completely unknown.
It took more than a hundred years before 99% pure titanium was obtained in 1910, but without any industrial development.
It was not until 1939 that industrial production and exploitation of titanium really began.
It finally took almost 150 years for industry to find outlets for this exceptional metal, whose alloys are now at the cutting edge of technology.
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