A high-quality titanium scale is light, strong, corrosion-resistant, and biocompatible. Also can be machined and polished easily. The titanium also has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The downside is that titanium is too expensive to the widely used material.
What is Titanium?
Titanium is a totally corrosion-resistant and extraordinarily light material. The first made in the 1950s, the titanium scale was the first metal watch scale. Since then, it has been used widely in military and aviation equipment and has become an indispensable material for watchmaking. For similar weight, the titanium scale has 50% lighter compared to stainless steel. Titanium is also the metallic material of choice for many high-end knife manufacturers, including Spyderco, Hinderer, Flytanium. etc.
Why Titanium Scales Are Good?
Titanium scales are good for two main reasons:
1. They are stronger. 2. They are more corrosion-resistant.
Most modern pocket knives are made from 440C stainless steel. This steel is very strong and can take a very sharp edge, but it corrodes easily. If you carry your knife in your pocket, it can start to rust after a month or two.
Titanium scales have the same properties and appearance as steel. They have a silver-gray color and have a beautiful metallic luster. They are also very durable and come with a lifetime warranty.