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"Timascus - The New Damascus" by Chuck Bybee

"Timascus - The New Damascus" by Chuck BybeeHistory

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 damascus. 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 on Timascus.

Composition

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 limitless.

Coloring

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.

Working Characteristics

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.

Review

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.

Technical Information
Tom Ferry Email: knfesmth71@aol.com Phone: 253-939-4468

Bill Cottrell Email: wcottr@ywave.com Phone: 360-446-2713

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Chuck, Brenda & Jessica Bybee
http://www.alphaknifesupply.com http://www.titanium-man.com titanium.man@gte.net
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