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Mechaxe: titanium alloy axe

Discussion in 'Mad Science Forge' started by Mecha, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. BladeMan

    BladeMan Gold Member Gold Member

    526
    Feb 12, 1999
    This is laughable. Is this a first hand experience of yours or just an opinion you heard?
    The usual opinion is that Titanium is strong but soft, making it useless for a blade. But even this has been proved not true, thanks to Mecha.
     
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  2. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Aye, it's common to think it can't hold a sharp edge which is understandable considering most titanium people are familiar with is plain 6al4v in it's soft, tough mill state, but even that would be fine for striking hard as a whoopin' stick.
     
  3. MyLegsAreOk

    MyLegsAreOk Gold Member Gold Member

    340
    Aug 31, 2017
    Experience. All titanium things I own scrathes fairly easy and can bend more than the knife and tool alloys I have.
     
  4. BladeMan

    BladeMan Gold Member Gold Member

    526
    Feb 12, 1999
    So because it's scratches easy means it's not strong. I fail to see the logic here, sorry.
    For scratches Ti needs to be harder then the material you try to scratch it with. That's why i put that Ti is usually known to be soft = scratches easy.
    For the bending, maybe you should try a proper Ti alloy with a proper heat treatment and give it a try again.

    There is not just Titanium, as there is not just Steel. It depends on which Ti alloy you talk of and the heat treatment/refinement it has gone through. You probably only know like 6AL4V with no treatment at all. That's like a cheap unhardened steel.

    Have you ever heard of Mission Knives?
    http://www.missionknives.com/index.php/why-titanium
     
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  5. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Being able to bend and spring back straight again is part of what makes something able to withstand hard strikes. Stiffness can be introduced and controlled through shape and design.

    At any rate, ti alloys differ a lot from one another, and many can be heat treated to make them harder. Not all of them scratch easily. Titanium 'things' are usually made from the kinds that scratch and bend easily (and are more formable for efficient fabrication).
     
  6. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    not with a Mecha made one.

    I've beat the crap out of my mecha made titanium machete, even posted some pics here showing it, and it keeps the edge and doesnt deform or chip. before passing judgement on all titanium alloys, maybe try one made properly as a cutting/chopping tool.
     
  7. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Ya, see @MyLegsAreOk ? Would a monkey smoking a cigar lie to you? Why would a monkey smoking a cigar lie? What would a monkey smoking a cigar lit with a burning $100 bill and wearing a tailored business suit have to gain from lying to you? o_O
     
  8. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    ^damn right.....this monkey also smokes cigars sometimes when using my #5 mecha machete....terrible habit need to quit:)....also need to sweep and pressure wash my back porch... 20190326_183512.jpg
     
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  9. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Did they lift the embargo on Cuban cigars since I left Florida, or what? :D
     
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  10. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    naw. work with a bunch of Cubans fresh off the boat and they go home sometimes and bring me back smokes. sometimes real ones sometimes fakes but I like 'em all long as they arent floor sweepings tobacco with hair, sand, scabs and boogers and such in them.:D
     
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  11. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    That's nice of them! Up here in the NW, if I need some of South Florida's finest, I just reach for Ol' Reliable:

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  12. vkp78

    vkp78 Gold Member Basic Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    A little late to the party but here is my 2 cents. A few months back I had the honor of owning one of Mecha's machetes. That thing is light but cuts deep and does not deform or bend when used on branches. Zero arm fatigue. One of my friends has 'borrowed' it for now. See more of Mecha's cutting videos. Maybe you will change your mind
     
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  13. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks for the feedback report, vkp78! Much appreciated.

    You know, I have been accused once or twice of using steel in the youtube videos and then claiming it was ti alloy, LOL :D
     
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  14. leebrewer

    leebrewer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 21, 2008
    That's my dream axe right there!
     
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  15. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hi Lee! :thumbsup::D
     
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