What is Timascus?
Timascus™ is the creation and collaboration of Tom Ferry, Bill Cottrell and Chuck Bybee. The goal was to create a corrosion resistant, non-magnetic lightweight laminated material that would lend itself to adding an upscale look to a knife without the disadvantages of steel damascus.
Consisting of two or more titanium alloys (currently CP and 6AL4V), Timascus is corrosion-resistant, non-magnetic, and lightweight. It has the beautiful, upscale look of steel Damascus without any of the disadvantages of steel that can disappoint some knife makers and collectors.
The Timascus is made by placing these two different alloys of titanium into a metal box, filling the enclosure with inert gas, and applying both heat and pressure to have the two alloys forge laminated together.
When coloring, the current formulation seems to show more contrast using heat rather than anodizing.
All current safe coloring techniques can be applied to Timascus. Future alloy combinations will have different color profiles. (It is only meant for knife furniture as titanium does not form carbides and doesn’t harden enough for a sound blade.)
Working Timascus is essentially the same as any other titanium alloy except when milling. The blended types of titanium have different hardnesses sandwiched throughout the bar stock. The varying hard and soft areas can cause wear on the cutting edges of tools. Use round-cornered cutters as they hold up better under machining.
Timascus is a beautiful fusion of old-world decorative techniques and modern metal-smithing.