Grade 5 Titanium - TA6V - Flat ground
Grade 5 TA6V Titanium Plates, ground. This range of Grade 5 TA6V titanium plates has been ground on both sides for perfect calibration.The surfaces are perfectly flat and the thicknesses uniform.Grinding offers a clear advantage in use as no machining operation is required to flatten a...More information
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Grade 5 TA6V Titanium Plates, ground.
This range of Grade 5 TA6V titanium plates has been ground on both sides for perfect calibration.
The surfaces are perfectly flat and the thicknesses uniform.
Grinding offers a clear advantage in use as no machining operation is required to flatten and smooth the finished parts.
You can simply choose the most suitable thickness for the parts to be produced from among the available thicknesses and concentrate on the cutting and drilling operations without worrying about possible surface repairs.
Titanium alloy: an exceptional metal.
For a long time reserved for high-tech or confidential sectors of activity thanks to its unique and exceptional properties, titanium is now used in a multitude of applications, including, of course, the manufacture of knives, which are generally top-of-the-range.
Still widely used in the biomedical, energy, aerospace and military industries, titanium alloys have been used in virtually every field for their anti-corrosive, strength, light weight, low thermal conductivity and magnetization qualities.
Titanium Grade 5 TA6V: A titanium alloy for knife makers.
An aluminium/vanadium alloy, Grade 5 TA6V titanium offers an excellent compromise between mechanical strength, toughness and ductility.
More difficult to work than stainless steel, it is preferable to use suitable tools, particularly for drilling and tapping operations.
Of course, it can also be welded.
The qualities of this alloy are numerous and particularly interesting in the field of cutlery.
With its pleasant grey colour and light weight (4.43 g/cm3, 0.16oz/cm3), this grade has an elasticity that allows the manufacture of liner-lock and frame-lock springs without the need for the usual heat treatments.
Thicknesses from 1.5 to 4mm (0.06 to 0.16in).
With thicknesses of 1.5, 2 and 4mm (0.06, 0.08 and 0.16in) available, every element of a closing knife can be made from this Grade 5 TA6V titanium, except the blade, of course.
Thanks to its extraordinary qualities, it is the Titanium of the cutlers and the most widely used of the titanium alloys.
Liner-locks or frame-locks, plates, ribs or bolsters can be made entirely of this grade of titanium to produce an ultra-light and ultra-strong knife.
For assembly operations, titanium torx screws of the same grade are available in our "Screws" section of our online shop.
Coloured titanium: from the original grey to the colours of the rainbow.
Grade 5 TA6V titanium is originally a pleasant grey colour.
It can also be surface treated by anodising to colour it to a desired shade or as a base for a paint or varnish (Teflon molybdenum based) which will improve its friction properties.
Colouring can also be obtained manually by passing the part through a flame of a torch, avoiding reaching the temperature of 600° which could alter its mechanical characteristics.
With a little mastery, beautiful iridescent colours can be achieved, ranging from pink to blue with more or less intense tones.
The possibilities of colouring are multiple in the respect of the rules related to the specific qualities of Titanium.
But where does this mysterious metal with such exceptional qualities come from?
Titanium has so many mechanical qualities that one might think that it comes from NASA research or directly from the farthest reaches of space.
However, this is not the case.
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 isolated this unknown metal and it was named "Titanium", a nod to the Titans of Greek mythology, 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 it was not developed industrially.
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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