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Zirconium Mover & Shaker

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Zirconium Mover & Shaker

249.00

Finally, the Zirconium Movers & Shakers are ready! There are 50 Movers and 50 Shakers available. They won’t ship out until Friday December 21st as we are waiting on clips from our DLC coater.

My current thought is that I’ll make one batch of these a year. I love zirconium, but it fights me at every turn when machining it. The material is similar to titanium, but tends to break drills and other tools a whole lot more often and just have oddball issues.

Most materials are well known by machine tool makers. I was having issues with an early batch of zirconium a couple years ago and so I finally called the manufacturer of the drills I used. The engineer I was talking to said he had never heard of zirconium, but he would look through all of the company records to see if he could get me some more information. Two hours later the guy calls me back and says he found two references to the material, and gave me a little advice that’s helped out tremendously.

Most makers don’t want to work with this stuff because it is a fire hazard. I have to admit, I’ve had a few fires. I stopped working with this material for about a year and a half because I had one fire that really scared me.

The entire pen except for the clip is made from Zirconium. The clips are stainless steel that is coated in a black DLC coating. These pens took quite a bit of time to develop as the mechanism had to be redesigned a little bit. When zirconium is in the raw form, it has a titanium-like color, fairly light gray. After it is heated with a torch it turns dark gray. The trouble with that is that the original walls of the mechanism were too thin, so we’ve added about 0.020” of material and now they work beautifully.

Once torched to get the dark gray color, zirconium has an extremely hard layer on the top of the material. I don’t know the Rockwell hardness, but I’ve been carrying a zirconium Glider with me most days for the last two years and it looks brand new. I’m not going to tell you that these will never scratch, but I will tell you that they hold up really well. If it does scratch through the dark gray layer, you can email me and I can walk you through how to re-torch the parts which will make them dark gray again, or you can send it back to me and I will re-torch them.

Even though zirconoum is tough to work with, it is stunning when it is finished. I’d have to say it is probably my favorite material. Slightly heavier than titanium, but lighter than stainless steel/brass/copper.

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Finally, the Zirconium Movers & Shakers are ready! There are 50 Movers and 50 Shakers available. They won’t ship out until Friday December 21st as we are waiting on clips from our DLC coater.

My current thought is that I’ll make one batch of these a year. I love zirconium, but it fights me at every turn when machining it. The material is similar to titanium, but tends to break drills and other tools a whole lot more often and just have oddball issues.

Most materials are well known by machine tool makers. I was having issues with an early batch of zirconium a couple years ago and so I finally called the manufacturer of the drills I used. The engineer I was talking to said he had never heard of zirconium, but he would look through all of the company records to see if he could get me some more information. Two hours later the guy calls me back and says he found two references to the material, and gave me a little advice that’s helped out tremendously.

Most makers don’t want to work with this stuff because it is a fire hazard. I have to admit, I’ve had a few fires. I stopped working with this material for about a year and a half because I had one fire that really scared me.

The entire pen except for the clip is made from Zirconium. The clips are stainless steel that is coated in a black DLC coating. These pens took quite a bit of time to develop as the mechanism had to be redesigned a little bit. When zirconium is in the raw form, it has a titanium-like color, fairly light gray. After it is heated with a torch it turns dark gray. The trouble with that is that the original walls of the mechanism were too thin, so we’ve added about 0.020” of material and now they work beautifully.

Once torched to get the dark gray color, zirconium has an extremely hard layer on the top of the material. I don’t know the Rockwell hardness, but I’ve been carrying a zirconium Glider with me most days for the last two years and it looks brand new. I’m not going to tell you that these will never scratch, but I will tell you that they hold up really well. If it does scratch through the dark gray layer, you can email me and I can walk you through how to re-torch the parts which will make them dark gray again, or you can send it back to me and I will re-torch them.

Even though zirconoum is tough to work with, it is stunning when it is finished. I’d have to say it is probably my favorite material. Slightly heavier than titanium, but lighter than stainless steel/brass/copper.