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Wedding Band Materials—For the Ultimate in Roadie OCD

Old 09-16-08, 07:10 PM
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I have a Ti wedding ring. The ring is very light compared to other metals, especially tungsten, gold, silver, etc.... Any good Emergency Department will be able to cut it off. The story about not being able to cut it off isn't true. Also, Ti is much harder to bend, so it won't be smashed as easily as other metals.........
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Ti w/ platinum insert. Weight is just right and the contrasting colors looks pretty dang kewl!
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I have 2... Ti and Stainless. I can't even remember the last time I wore the titanium one. Love the stainless.
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If you think the nails could do with some work, you should see them today after several hours helping to rebuild a farm spray pump and its PTO shaft. Grease under the nails... and when pruning, it's nothing unusual to break a nail on the handle of the secateurs as they snap closed.

In fact, just before I left for Canada, I had a small accident at work when a hand pruning saw snapped and sprang back into the knuckle at the base of my middle finger on the left hand. My whole hand swelled up and remained like it for the 10 days or so prior to the wedding and the band wouldn't fit on my ring finger. Machka made to put the ring on at the appropriate time during the ceremony, but left it at the middle knuckle; I gave it a bit of a gentle push, and it slipped straight on! Some things are meant to be, I guess.

Anyway, this is my second marriage, and the first band was yellow gold. By the end of that marriage, it was showing its age, with lots of scratching from building rally cars and building parts of houses.

I keep looking at the Tu one now, thinking I might see a small scratch somewhere after the daily work out, but nothing yet.

We both looked at Ti and other materials, but went with tungsten because it is claimed to be only behind diamonds in hardness. And I scored the pair off eBay for less than $100 Australian (yes, Machka knows). The problem was the sizing went down to only 5 and Machka really should have a 4-1/2, but we're patient and will score one eventually.

We might get a specially sculpted pair of Ti rings sometime in the future, with a bicycle design, naturally.

Putting aside my air fares to and from North America, we actually did the wedding on the cheap, from rings right through the wedding reception -- a meal at a Jasper restaurant for us, Machka's lovely parents, and her cousin the marriage celebrant, and his wife (he's also Mayor of Banff and she a sometime movie star).

We had a great time on the day. Of course, we are doing the long-distance thing again, but that will change in under 12 months when we'll probably hit the road for some extended bicycle touring.

And thanks to everyone who's offered their congratulations. We're really happy with what we have found in each other.

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Carbon Fiber
With a gold inlay.
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With a gold inlay.
Too heavy.
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But imagine the bling factor!
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Old 09-17-08, 07:23 AM
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Unfortunately, this company does not have roadie tire rings yet, but it's a cool concept.

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Originally Posted by steaktaco View Post
I think the concern is if a ti ring gets bent in, it could constrict bloodflow. Whereas a tungsten carbide ring wouldn't bend, it would shatter.
Actually, the main concern is with either finger fractures or severe trauma requiring a big fluid resuscitation. If the finger swells and you can't get the ring off, you could end up with a dead finger. Tungsten is notoriously tough to get off using the cutters that are typically found in a trauma bay or ER.
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Ti

When I shopped for a ring for my then-fiance, I found a platinum ring I liked the design of, but I'm not a platinum or gold kinda guy. Platinum was heavy, pricey, and yuppy. Being an ME and bike geek, I fired up Pro/E at lunch and whipped out a custom design.

I contacted Bruce Boone, famous for Ti crank arms about making a custom ring. He was awesome, purchased a special small-diameter round end mill to machine the grooves I designed, and made it out of 64 as I spec'ed. In fact, he had my ring on his website last time I checked, and it seems that rings have now become part of this core business.

It is light, unique, and very tough. The scratches are very shallow and uniform after 8 years. Ti is also very inert so good for people prone to alergic reaction. If I did it again, I wouldn't change a thing.
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Originally Posted by doppiodan View Post
I contacted Bruce Boone, famous for Ti crank arms about making a custom ring. He was awesome, purchased a special small-diameter round end mill to machine the grooves I designed, and made it out of 64 as I spec'ed. In fact, he had my ring on his website last time I checked, and it seems that rings have now become part of this core business.
Looks like he left the bike business and went into rings full time. Good for him. You may have been his first client, and the seed of his current endeavor.

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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Unfortunately, this company does not have roadie tire rings yet, but it's a cool concept.
I am a simple, classic style sort of person, but those look fantastic whether MTB, motor cycle or car. Knowing how people's interests and tastes change over a lifetime (marriage?), they would probably be a bit much for a wedding ring, but would be great as dress rings.

DrPete, should the worst happen, would good old-fashioned bolt cutters do the trick with tungsten rings? Just in case I need to inform the emergency room staff...
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DrPete, should the worst happen, would good old-fashioned bolt cutters do the trick with tungsten rings? Just in case I need to inform the emergency room staff...
I'm not DrPete, but someone mentioned earlier that clamping a vise-grip and then giving it a quick rap with a hammer should do the trick. For what it's worth, I heard simply dropping a tungsten ring can shatter it.
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I have Stainless Steel. It matches my Rolex.
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I'm not DrPete, but someone mentioned earlier that clamping a vise-grip and then giving it a quick rap with a hammer should do the trick. For what it's worth, I heard simply dropping a tungsten ring can shatter it.
I've dropped my tungsten ring quite a few times and it hasn't shattered.
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Tungsten ftw.
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I'm not DrPete, but someone mentioned earlier that clamping a vise-grip and then giving it a quick rap with a hammer should do the trick. For what it's worth, I heard simply dropping a tungsten ring can shatter it.
As for the dropping, absolutely not. Tungsten Carbide is one of the hardest materials on earth, and one of the reasons it's so popular in jewelry is that it's extremely difficult to even scratch.

I'll search around to try to find the article I saw--it was in some emergency medicine journal, and actually discussed a method of removing tungsten rings. That was a couple years ago and now I can't find it. If I do I'll post the link.

(edit) Here's the best I could do for now, from one jeweler's website:

Emergency Removal of Tungsten Rings
aterials, like tungsten carbide or ceramic, can only be removed by cracking them into pieces with standard vice grip–style locking pliers. Standard ring cutters will not work.
Place vice grip–style locking pliers over ring and adjust the jaws to clamp lightly. Release and adjust tightener one-third turn and then clamp again. Repeat until a crack is heard, and then continue clamping in different positions until the hard material breaks away. Take care not to slide or rotate the cracked ring on the finger. If the ring contains an inlay of gold, the exposed gold can then be cut or clipped in the usual fashion. Click here for our wide selection of unique tungsten rings.
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The above is actually quoted without citation from the article I was referring to.

Hajduk SV. Emergency removal of hard metal or ceramic finger rings. Annals of Emergency Medicine - Volume 37, Issue 6 (June 2001).
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As for the dropping, absolutely not. Tungsten Carbide is one of the hardest materials on earth, and one of the reasons it's so popular in jewelry is that it's extremely difficult to even scratch.
I just wanted to clarify something in this statement. When you say that a carbide ring will absolutely not break when dropped, I think you are saying it for the wrong reasons, due to a slight misunderstanding of materials and the "engineering" (for lack of a better word) involved.

You say that carbide is one of the hardest materials on earth, and seem to imply that that is the reason it will not break, because it is so hard. That is fundamentally incorrect. Hardness, strength, stiffness, toughness, etc. are all very distinct and different properties in the world of material science. You are correct when you say that carbide is extremely hard, but hardness goes hand-in-hand with brittleness. A perfect example of this is ceramics. Ceramics in general are extremely hard, and have high strengths, but are very brittle.

The ceramic coffee mug you use in the morning could support the weight of a large truck, but it will shatter if dropped from waist high.

The first thing Big Mike (who runs the machine shop in the Engineering/Physics building, and who I've become friends with over the last year) says when he lends me a carbide tool from his personal stock is, "If you drop it, you're buyin' me a new one." I can tell you from experience that a carbide end mill absolutely will NOT survive a waist-high drop either.

Now that I've told you why your reasoning is flawed, I will definitely agree with your conclusion. I would be very surprised to hear of a tungsten carbide ring breaking from being dropped. But the reason is not because of how hard it is, it is because the geometry of the ring makes it significantly stronger than a coffee cup or two-flute end mill.

Suppose however that I was to throw ("spike") my ring on the tile floor in my kitchen. In that instance, I would not be at all surprised if the ring were to shatter, whereas a ring made of gold would just be flattened on one side. If I had the extra $150, I would love to do this test (and the shattering-a-carbide-ring-with-Vise-Grips test) and post the results on YouTube. Do I have any sponsors?

edit: someone already beat me to it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poM423pewRE

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This has been really fascinating, and thanks for validation of the advice on breaking the ring in an emergency room situation.

I can understand the shattering of a tungsten carbide object. If I recall correctly, a diamond will chip if dropped and lands on a hard surface in a certain direction.
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Got my $7 ring:

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BTW, steaktaco where on earth did you find a $7 ring?
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BTW, steaktaco where on earth did you find a $7 ring?
An Amazon seller. I would've paid the precious metal premium for this ring, but ironically this is the only place online that had 316L stainless bands in a 5mm width. Fits perfect, would've been too snug if it wasn't comfort fit.

Correction: only place online until someone supplied the Boone custom rings link above. Nice stuff there.
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And I thought I got a deal with my $70 Ti ring!

http://www.titaniumconcepts.com/

^ I would totally recommend this guy to others interested. I got my ring resized by him for free when I discovered the phenomenon of beer/sodium induced finger swelling.
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