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Talltim

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It seems like Berea has turned away from titanium gold finishes to a finish called hardite.

Any opinions on this finish?

This may have been commented on before. If I missed it , I apologize.


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DrD

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I asked the same question the last week or so - worded differently - and didn't get a nibble; it was read by a lot of folks but no one commented. Hope you have better luck; I'll certainly be following your post.
 

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Greetings all:

I don't know if it is the same stuff, but the following information about Hardite came from an report published by the Institute of Materials Finishing in April 2006:

The ‘Hardite’ coating is a unique gas-phase CVD process that produces a hard wearing, low friction and corrosion resistant layer of tungsten carbide suitable for use on tools and components. It is produced by CVD in a furnace heated to between 500-550 degrees C. At this temperature, a chemical reaction takes place between the gases which then crystallize on the surface of the components, producing a smooth layer of binder free tungsten carbide with abrasion, erosion and chemical resistant properties.

If it is this stuff, it sounds like a really-really hard and durable material.

Regards,
Dave
 

Talltim

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Thanks for the replies. For people to buy a pen for seventy to one hundred dollars you have to add a little “sizzle” to the sale. I always thought “titanium gold” in the description was a value enhancer and was suppose to be a durable finish.

If the description Dave provided is indeed the same materials it sounds like hardite is primarily a layer of tungsten carbide. Tungsten carbide is known for its durable qualities and is commonly used in jewelry.

Sounds like maybe I need to ask Berea a few questions. Their description of hardite sounds a bit like me describing the white spacers lamented into my pens as a special space age poly material that is practically indestructible when it is really a Walmart gas card that was left on top of the pump.

To me tungsten carbide sounds more value enhancing than hardite.

Guess I will have to do a little more research.


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From Woodcraft

"The pen in this kit features Hardite™ Plating, a proprietary
coating that is primarily metallic in nature. The rich, smoky bronze gold
Hardite color is extremely durable – more durable than titanium gold and less
expensive. "
 
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