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Purple ball bullet Owl   ALUMINUM (Alloy 6061)

A light weight metal being used extensively by the elite folder makers for its strength and properties that contribute to its affinity for a high polish using a 312 LEA compound

Sheet Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Owl .032", .040" .125", .190" x 6" x 12" and 12" x 12"
Round Stock Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Owl 1/8", 5/32", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1" 1-1/8", 1-1/4" x 12"
Tubing Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Owl 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4", 9/32", x 12"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Owl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply


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Purple ball bulletOwl   BRASS (Cutlers yellow brass)

Flat Bar Jantz Supply Owl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl All sizes available in 6" length
Texas Knifemaker's Supply Owl 1/16" x 1-1/2" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl 1/8" x 3/4", x 1", Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl x 2" x 12" Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 3" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl 3/16" x 3/4", and Jantz SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 1" x 1-1/2" and Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl x 2" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl 1/4" x 1-1/4" and Jantz SupplyOwl K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl x 3/4", 1" and K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl x 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl 1/4" x 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/2", 4" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl 3/8" x 3/4", x 1", x 1-1/2" Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 4" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl 1/2" x 1-1/4" and Jantz SupplyOwl K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 1", x 1-1/2" and Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 3/4", x 4" x 12"
Jantz SupplyOwl K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl 3/4" x 1" and Jantz SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 1-1/2" and Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl x 4" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl 1" x 1" x 12"
Hex Bar Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl 1-1/8" x 12"
Sheets Jantz Supply 1/4", 1/32", 0.40", 1/16" x 5" x 10"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/32", 1/16",3/32", 1/8" x 6" x 6" and 12" x12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 1/4" x 6" x 6"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply .020", .032", .040", .050", .062", .090", .125" x 6" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .020", .032", .040", .050", .064", .094", .125" x 3", 6" x 6"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .020", .032", .040", .050", .064", .094", .125" x 6", 12" x 12"
Round stock Jantz Supply 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8" 1-1/4" x 6"
Jantz Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .020", 1/32" 3/64", 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1" 1-1/8", 1-1/4" x 12"
Tubes
Round
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/4", 3/16" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/4", 3/16", 5/16" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4" 9/32", 5/16", 3/8" x 12"
Tubes
Square
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32", 1/4" x 12"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl K & G Finishing Supplies
Jantz SupplyOwl Jantz Supply
Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's Supply



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Purple ball bullet   Stellite 6K

Stellite 6K is a Non-Steel Cobalt alloy - Flexible material with very good wear resistance, it is practically corrosion resistant. Stellite 6K, used in industry for cutting knives, and saw teeth is sometimes used by knife makers. Very expensive.
Used by David Boye for his diving knives.


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Purple ball bullet  COPPER (ALLOY 110)

Flat Bar Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/8" x 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 3/16" x 1" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/4" x 3/4" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 3/8" x 3/4" and x Jantz SupplyOwl 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheet Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .027", .032", .043" x 6" x 12" and 12" x 12"
Round stock Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16" x 12"
Tubing Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32" x 12"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
Jantz SupplyOwl Jantz Supply


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Purple ball bullet  CERAMICS

Numerous knives have been offered with ceramic blades. Usually, those blades are very very brittle, and cannot be sharpened by the user. However, they hold an edge well (Boker and Kyocera).
Kevin McClung recently came out with a ceramic composite knife blade that much tougher than the previous ceramics, tough enough to actually be useful as a knife blade for most jobs.
It is also user-sharpenable, and holds an edge incredibly well.
Used by Boker, Kyocera, Kevin McClung


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Purple ball bullet  DURALUMINUM

This material is Aluminum alloy. It contains less Copper and more Chromium and Zinc than the general run of the aluminum. Used extensively in the aircraft manufacturing for its increased strength and durability of finish.
It can maintain it's high polish. In knife making, general use is for light weight pocket knives etc.
It is hard to find - being displaced by Titanium.

SIZES 3/16" x 6" x 12" and 12" x 12" and 12" x 48"


Listed in the old catalog of:
Bob Schrimsher's Custom Knifemaking Supply


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Purple ball bullet  MOCUME

This is pattern welded alloy from Copper/Brass/Silver/Nickel-Silver.

AlloyPatternLayersSize
Brass/CopperSheffield's Knifemakers 
SupplyOwl Straight grain271/8" thick
Nickel-Silver/BrassSheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Ladder pattern251/8" thick
K & G Finishing Supplies Ladder, Random, Raindrop-3/16" x 1-1/3" and 1/2" x 3/4"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl K & G Finishing Supplies


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Purple ball bullet  NICKEL SILVER (18%)

Flat Bar Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/4" and 3/8" x 3/4" x 6" and 12"
Jantz Supply 1/4" x 3/4" and 1" x 6" and 12" ---- Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/4" x 2" x 6"
Jantz Supply 3/8" x 3/4" and 1" x 6" and 12" ---- Texas Knifemaker's Supply 3/8" x 1" x 12"
Sheet Texas Knifemaker's Supply .016", .020", .032", .040", .064", .083", .093", 1/8", 1/4" x 6" x 6"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply .016", .020", .032", .040", .064", .083", .093", 1/8", 1/4" x 6" x 12"
Jantz Supply .025", .032", .040" x 5" x 10"
K & G Finishing Supplies .016" x 5" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies .020", 1/32", 3/32", .040", 1/4" x 6" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/32", 3/32", .040", 1/4" x 6" x 6"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/16" x 6" x 4-7/8" - 1/16" x 12" x 4-7/8" - 1/16" x 12" x 9-7/8"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/4" x 6" x 24"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .020" and .050" x 6" x 8" and x 8" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .032", .040" x 6" x 6" and x 6" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .064", .096", 1/8", 3/16" x 6" x 3" and 6" x 6" and x 6" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/4", 3/8" x 6" x 4" and 6" x 6" and x 6" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/2" x 4" x 6" and x 4" x 12"
Round stock Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", .128", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16" x 6" and 12" Jantz Supply 5/16" and 1" x 6" and 12"
Tubing Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Jantz Supply 1/4" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 5/16", x 12"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl K & G Finishing Supplies
Jantz SupplyOwl Jantz Supply
Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's Supply



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Purple ball bullet  STERLING SILVER

Pinning Wire Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .020", .025", .032", .040", .051", .064", .080", .102", .128" x 1"
Twist Wire Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .055", .067", .102", .188" x 1"
Tubing Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply .064", .071", .084", .125" x 1"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply


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Purple ball bullet 303 STAINLESS

Bars K & G Finishing Supplies 1/4" x 3/4" and 1-1/4" --- 3/8" x 3/4" --- 1/2" and 3/4" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/8", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2" x 3/4", 1" 2" x 12"
Tubing K & G Finishing Supplies 1/4" x 12"
Round stock K & G Finishing Supplies 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4"; x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 1/4", 1-1/8", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8", 1-1/4", 1-3/8" x 6" and 12"


Purple ball bullet  304 STAINLESS

Bars Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/8" x 3/4" and 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/4" x 3/4" and 1-1/2" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 3/8" x 3/4" x 12"
Sheet Texas Knifemaker's Supply .032", .048", .120" x 6" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply .032", .048" x 12" x 12"
Tubing Texas Knifemaker's Supply 1/4" and 3/8" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/8", 3/16", 1/4" 5/16" 3/8" x 12"
Round stock Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4" 5/16" x 12"


Purple ball bullet 410 STAINLESS

410 sheet Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Width="12" .025", .032", .040", .050" x 6" x 12" and 12" x 12"
Jantz Supply .025", .032", .040" x 12" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies .032" x 12" x 12"
Texas Knifemaker's Supply Available, call for price and size.
4104 sheet K & G Finishing Supplies .040" x 12" x 12"


Purple ball bullet 416 STAINLESS

Bars Jantz Supply 1/8" x 3/4" x 6"
Jantz Supply 1/8" x 3/4" and K & G 
Finishing SuppliesOwl x 1" and K & G Finishing Supplies Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Width="12" 1-1/4" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 3/16" x 1" and 1-1/2" x 12"
1/4" x 3/4" and 1" x Jantz SupplyOwl 6" and Jantz Supply Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Width="12" K & G 
Finishing SuppliesOwl 12" and Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1-1/2" x 12"
3/8" x 3/4" and 1" x Jantz SupplyOwl6" and Jantz Supply Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply Width="12" 12" - K & G Finishing Supplies x 3/4" and 1-1/4" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/2" x 1-1/4" x 12" Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply x 1" and 1-1/2" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 3/4" x 1" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1" x 2" x 12"
Round stock Jantz Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32" x 12"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4" x 12"


Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl K & G Finishing Supplies
Jantz SupplyOwl Jantz Supply
Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's Supply



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Purple ball bullet  TITANIUM (6 AL 4V)

Newer titanium alloys can be hardened near 50 Rc, and at that hardness seem to take something approaching a useful edge. It is extremely rust-resistant, and is non-magnetic. Gaining popularity in expensive dive knives these days, because the SEALs use it as their knife when working around magnetic-detonated mines.
Used by Mission knives - Tygrys makes a knife with a steel edge sandwiched by titanium.

Lower grade is still sold as a sheet material used mostly for folder frames.

Flat Bar Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 3/16" x 1-1/2"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/4" x 1-1/2"
Round stock HALPERN TITANIUM 1/8" 5/32", 3/16", 1/4", .090", .100", 1/8"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 1/32", 1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16"
Sheet HALPERN TITANIUM .032", .040", .050", 1/16", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2"
Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply 0.032" - 0.040" - 0.050" - 0.093" - 0.125" - x - 6 x 6 - 6 x 12 - 12 x 12
Texas Knifemaker's Supply 0.030" - 0.040" - 0.050" - 0.060" - 0.100" x 6" x 12" and 12" x 12"
K & G Finishing Supplies 0.040" to 3/16" random size sheets, stock varies.


Purple ball bullet  COMMERCIALLY PURE TITANIUM

Titanium is available in pieces smaller than one square foot.

ThicknessHALPERN TITANIUM .090", 1/8", .140", .160", .190"



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Purple ball bullet TITANIUM PVD COATINGS

Physical vapor deposition makes blades much tougher - in the 74 - 90 Rc range of hardness and more corrosion resistant.
It also produces a colorful side effect in beautiful shades of green, blue, light or dark bronze, gold, black, rose and rainbow, that will not chip or peel off.
There is also a Chromium Nitride PVD process, that leaves a stainless steel look.
Titanium Carbon Nitrate (TiCN) multiple layers - 90 Rc - Black, Rose, Light and Dark Bronze.
The coatings are anywhere from 80 millionths to 0.0001" thick per side.
The edge last about 2-3x as long as the uncoated one, but eventually goes dull.
Once you sharpen it, of course the 90 Rc coating is ground off and the blade is only at its original hardness. Hone only on one side of the edge to maintain the coating - corrosion resistance, wearability and color on the other side of the edge.

How is it done
The Titanium is heated to its vaporization point and the resulting gases condense on the surface of the blade heated in a three-chamber vacuum. The vacuum eliminates all dust and dirt, which could show up on the finished surface.
The blade to be coated is never heated beyond its temper point to avoid softening of the steel. It is important to know the grade of the steel and its Rc hardness before the process begins.


How can you get your blade coated
The cost is about $2 for a blade 4" long and 1" high, with a minimum order of $50.00
There is 25% cleaning charge assessed to any knife requiring special pre cleaning.
Before you ship the knife, disassemble it - do not sent handles. Available is Gold and Black, Green is not available and the rest of colors on special order.
Each PVD machine is exclusively devoted to one color to maintain the color's purity and each machine cost about $1.5 million.
Since the coating is so microscopic in thickness, the final finish will be the same as on the blade before coating ( matte, satin, mirror etc.) Every unnoticeable scratch will become highlighted on the gold or black blade. The plastics are not coated.

For more info contact:
ITH, Tigold Division, Dept.Bl, attn: Darrell Lewis, 105 York St.,Kennebunk, ME 04043

Listed in the catalog of:
Sheffield's Knifemakers SupplyOwl Sheffield's Knifemakers Supply
Texas Knifemaker's SupplyOwl Texas Knifemaker's Supply
K & G Finishing SuppliesOwl K & G Finishing Supplies
Halpern Titanium HALPERN TITANIUM


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Purple ball bullet  Stellite 6K

Stellite 6K is a Non-Steel Cobalt alloy - Flexible material with very good wear resistance, it is practically corrosion resistant. Stellite 6K, used in industry for cutting knives, and saw teeth is sometimes used by knifemakers. Very expensive.
Used by David Boye for his diving knives.


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