Timascus is the creation and collaboration of Tom Ferry, Bill Cottrell and
Chuck Bybee. The goal was to create a corrosion resistant, non-magnetic
lightweight damascus that would lend itself to adding an upscale look to a
knife without the disadvantages of steel damascus. Timascus has obtained
this and not only adds to the look but in many cases can enhance the overall
performance of a knife.
Months of trial and error experimentation resulted in the development of
techniques and process that resulted in our first successful titanium
Currently we are still experimenting. In the future we will be offering a
multitude of Timascus variations as well as a potential blade material based
Timascus consists of two or more titanium alloys laminated and patterned
resembling steel damascus. Currently the alloys are CP and 6AL4V. More
combinations will be available in the future. The various alloys color
differently through the use of heat or anodizing. Each type of titanium
alloy has the potential for a new color combination. The boundaries seem
The pattern in Timascus can be obtained through various techniques, two of
which are heat and anodizing. The current mix of CP and 6AL4V seems to show
more contrast through the use of heat than anodizing. Although anodizing
does show contrast in the higher voltage ranges. A highly polished finish
will produce the brightest colors where as a satin finish can produce the
most visually contrasting appearance.
All of the current titanium coloring techniques can be applied to Timascus.
We appreciate input and success stories.
Timascus works virtually the same as other titanium alloys and we recommend
you follow those guidelines. The one operation that is slightly different is
in the milling of Timascus. Multiple types of titanium in Timascus result in
different hardness throughout the barstock. The hard and soft areas cause
wear on cutting edges of tools. We recommend using a round cornered cutter
whenever possible. We found these tools held up better during machining.
Timascus is a cutting edge material and only the future will reveal its full
potential. Timascus adds to the value and performance of a knives. Its
current use is that of knife furniture such as guards, bolsters and scales.
We are in the process of developing blade material based on Timascus as well
as other variations in the types of alloys used in Timascus.
We offer Timascus as an alternative material for making knives. We feel
Timascus is the next generation of high-tech, high-end materials that
enhance a makers work.
Timascus is trademarked. The material and processes are patent pending.
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