Inlay material suggestions

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I'm making a custom knife with black titanium scales and I'm cutting out a small design on the top scale and inlaying a material, either flush or slightly recessed. I want the material to be different from what you would normally see. I was thinking Gibeon meteorite, but I'm looking for other ideas. All suggestions are welcomed!
 

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What's the process for making titanium black? Would it stay black if you keep it in your pocket for a couple years?
as for the inlay - natural titanium
 

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One advantage of gold is it shouldn't change in the process to make the titanium black.
 

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Stone is good, but harder to shape and polish without specialized equipment.
 
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What's the process for making titanium black? Would it stay black if you keep it in your pocket for a couple years?
as for the inlay - natural titanium
I'm thinking of just using a torch and some WD-40, so it would probably rub off. The reason I mentioned having the inlay slightly recessed was because I figure that I could somehow support it from the inside of the scale so that I can remove it if I need to re-blacken the titanium.
 

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Interesting. Thanks for the reply
 
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