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August 15, 2021 2 min read

Sometimes we feel like titanium is an under-appreciated metal in the everyday carry world. Especially Grade 5 (6al4v) Ti. 

Besides those sick pieces of EDC gear you carry around, where else is Titanium used? Let's take a look shall we...

It's often used in the medical field, especially for prosthetics and also for "replacement" parts that need to be inside the human body.

Which is actually crazy when you think about it. We trust Titanium to replace and/or hold together essential parts of our bodies that are no longer working.

It is very corrosion and bacterial resistant so it works well for internal parts. And as many of you know, it's very strong and lightweight.

Oil companies that manage large offshore drilling pipelines rely on Grade 5 Titanium to keep things secure under water. It's the only metal they can count on to remain sturdy under saltwater and high pressure bearing conditions.

it's so corrosion resistant that saltwater does not phase it. That is why dive knives are typically made from Titanium.

The lightweight properties and extremely high tensile strength make it the go-to for aerospace applications and certain military components.

There are two types of Ti that are commonly used in EDC gear, and a third that is used infrequently plus many more out there. But we usually only stock Grade 5 & Grade 2.

Grade 5 is considered an alpha-beta alloy and is made up of multiple elements. It is not pure titanium, but its unpure-ness is what makes it strong. Comprised of aluminum, vanadium, and small amounts of iron.

This is the type of titanium that is typically used on pry bars, pocket knife parts (fixed and folders), and heavy use items such as our pocket tools. (grade 5 Pocket Dragon pictured below).

Let us not forget Grade 2 titanium. This is the only other type we will talk about here or this will become a book. 😅

Grade 2 is the most commercially pure titanium available. It is still fairly strong, but not nearly as strong as grade 5. It is suitable for most pieces that do not require regular use. 

You would not want to use this on something that is a practical tool such as a driver for example.

It works well for lanyard beads, pendants, keychains, or bottle openers with no other functions, etc. Although many makers choose to make their beads out of Grade 5 titanium.

Something worth mentioning, Grade 2 titanium typically anodizes much brighter and more vibrant than grade 5. 

And that's all for Titanium! We hope you enjoyed reading it.

Vincent Lavin-bitetti
Vincent Lavin-bitetti

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