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Premium composite materials for watchmaking and jewelry. Our titanium and steel damascus combines mechanical and aesthetic qualities optimal for use in watchmaking. They are used by independent watchmakers and artists in the production of original designer watch cases, dials as well as other functional accessories (buckles, crowns, bezels, hands, ratchets).

Unique composite materials for use in artistic production.

MATERIALS

#HardcoreFuturon

Stainless Elmax cored damascus sandwich. This material is a workhorse. Sides from austenitic-martensitic damascus (AISI 304 + AEB-L) makes excellent contrast between layers. ELMAX SUPERCLEAN is 2nd. generation of powder steel technology (produced by Voestalpine – Uddeholm). It provides perfect cutting abilities because of its chemical composition and clean grain. #HardcoreFuturon is hardenable up to 61 HRc. We produce this material in different patterns, soft annealed for smooth processing. We can also supply low-thickness billets 2.8mm – 6mm (0.11 – 0.23″). This type of material is suitable for knifemaking and other cutting tools.

#BlackFuturon

Titanium-zirconium damascus, also known as BlackTimascus, ZircuTi or Zircu-Ti is composite of Zirconium and various titanium grades (mainly Gr2, Gr5, Gr7, Gr9). Zirconium (Zr) is extremly corrosion resistant metal. When heated it takes oil black colour. Depending on percentage of Zirc in composition is material a bit heavier, than full-titanium damascus. You can reach different colours by electro-chemical or heat oxidation. Each piece of produced material can be coloured differently depending on possible anodizing colour-spectrum. Material is fully hypoallergenic. It’s suitable for knifemaking, jewelry applications or watchmaking. We make this material in various shapes, mainly flat bars, rods or bolster mosaics.

#StainlessFuturon

Stainless damascus steel. Combination of austenitic and martensitic stainless damascus (AISI 304 + AEB-L) makes excellent contrast between layers. AEB-L steel (the hard one in the composition) was originally developed for the production of razor blades, scalpels and knives. This steel is characterized by high sharpness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance. AEB-L is hardenable up to 60 HRc. AISI304 or 1.4301 (the softer one in the composition) is austenitic chromium-nickel stainless steel with nominal hardness 215 HB. We supply this material in many different patterns, soft annealed for smooth processing. We can also supply low-thickness billets 2.8mm – 6mm (0.11 – 0.23″). We also make mosaic material out of #StainlessFuturon for bolsters and other applications, where you where you will appreciate it’s hardenability. This type of material is suitable for knifemaking and other application.

#CompositeFuturon

Titanium damascus, also known as Timascus, MokuTi or Moku-Ti is composite of various titanium grades (mainly Gr2, Gr5, Gr7, Gr9). The resulting composite is lightweight (almost one half of steel weight). #CompositeFuturon has perfect mechanical properities, and it’s rich in color combinations. You can reach different colours by electro-chemical or heat oxidation. Each piece of produced material can be coloured differently depending on possible anodizing colour-spectrum. Material is fully hypoallergenic. It’s suitable for knifemaking, jewelry applications or watchmaking. We make this material in various shapes, mainly flat bars, rods or bolster mosaics.

#AusteniticFuturon

Composite of austenitic stainless steels (AISI 304 + AISI 316). Final material is hypoallergenic, and there’s no need for further heat treatment processing. Therefore is perfect for the beginners in the field of stainless damasks. Because this stainless composite is non hardenable, it’s suitable for jewelry applications or watchmaking. Basic characteristics is austenitic chromium-nickel stainless steel with nominal hardness 215 HB. We make this material in various shapes, mainly flat bars, rods or bigger custom-made shapes.

Premium composite materials for watchmaking and jewelry.

HEAT TREATMENT & ETCHING

#StainlessFuturon

Heat treating
for best results, we recommend to use thermal processing professionals (using protective atmosphere) like Bodycote etc.
– hold blade for 10-15 min. at 1050°C  / 1920°F;  oil quenching
– tempering 2 cycles,  30 minutes at 150-180°C  / 305-355 °F each
– finall hardness is 59-60 HRc

Etching
– use Ferric chloride (FeCl3) and distilled water in 1:1 ratio
– hold for 15 minutes at room temperature
– if that’s not enough, use water to remove sediments and repeat 

#HardcoreFuturon

Heat treating – ELMAX core
for best results, we highly recommend to use thermal processing professionals (using protective atmosphere) like Bodycote etc.
– hold blade for 30 min. at 1080°C  / 1980°F;  oil quenching
– tempering 2 cycles,  2 hours at 200°C  / 390 °F each
– finall hardness is 60 HRc

Etching
– use Ferric chloride (FeCl3) and distilled water in 1:1 ratio
– hold for 15 minutes at room temperature
– if that’s not enough, use water to remove sediments and repeat 
Elmax core will go dark nicelly. 

#BlackFuturon

Colouring
– use propane gas torch and heat polished or satin-finished surface
– colors will show in order of titanium anodizing spectral colors.
– Zirconium turns black (or oil-black) and keeps like that even when other colors are buffed-out

– each titanium grade shows different colour on specific temperature, that makes this multi-color effect
– you can combine heat-oxidation with anodic-oxidation or etching
– in you’re not so experienced, keep the scrap from cutting and run various test with colors etc.