The Discovery of Titanium
Titanium was first
discovered in 1791 in Menachan Valley,
Cornwall, England, by clergyman and amateur
chemist William Gregor. Gregor
analyzed gun powder-like sand and found a
reddish brown clay he could not identify.
Four years later in Berlin, renowned chemist
Martin Heinrich Klaproth independently
discovered the element in rutile. Klaproth
named the element Titanium, after the
mythological Titans, the first sons of the
Titanium and its alloys have proven to be
technically superior in a wide variety of
industrial and commercial applications in
such fields as aerospace, architecture,
sporting equipment, military hardware, watch
making, eyewear, medical implants, dental
products and more.
The complex process of converting titanium
ore into metal has only been commercially
viable for a little more than 50 years. The
use of titanium has since then expanded by
an average of 8% per year. The largest
deposits of ilumenite sands and rulite (
from which titanium is derived ) are found
in Canada and Australia.
Shown above is the the Viper™ Titanium Money Clip hanging from a single bill. Capacity range is 1 to 60 folded bills thanks to the springy properties of titanium.
Titanium Fast Facts:
Titanium Fun Facts:
Fun Fact #1: A "fun fact" that is still unproven is that "vegatarians eat more titanium than non-vegatarians"
Why? Because food plants contain approximately 2 parts per million of titanium. It is believed that titanium is used by plants to encourage growth through faster production of carbohydrates. Some plants may contain up to 80 ppm, but these plants (for example horsetail and nettle) are not normally consumed by humans. It is estimated that the average person consumes approximately 0.8 milligrams of titanium per day with almost all of it passing through the body without being absorbed.
Vegatarians eating titanium...maybe they are a tougher bunch than the meat eating crowd!
Fun Fact #2: Titanium Golf Clubs cause fires!
This fun fact is in fact not fun at all. It's been shown that titanium golf clubs send out 3,000 degree sparks when striking small rocks on the ground. These sparks can then ignite dry grass causing fires. In fact, just recently in Orange County, CA there have been two such fires attributed to titanium golf clubs with one of these burning up 25 acres and the other getting close to houses near the golf course!
The bottom line is be careful where you swing that titanium golf club. If your ball is on or near a rock(s) - take a preferred lie!
Fun Fact #3: There's Titanium on the Moon!
When NASA brought back rocks from the moon and analyzed them, they were found to be approximately 12% TiO2 (titanium dioxide). Meteorites have also been shown to contain titanium meaning it is likely all over the universe.
It is ironic that titanium is this common and we are finding it in space now because even though it is the 9th most common element in the earth's crust, it was only recently discovered. Discovery of titanium was by deduction where all other elements were known and there was something else remaining. This something else was titanium. Because titanium does not occur as a metal in nature like gold it is harder to identify. It was only with the creation/invention of the Kroll process in the 1900's that creating titanium in metal form became commercially feasible. Titanium is still almost 100 times more expensive than steel!
How we use Titanium:
Pictured above is our T-30™ Money Clip (A.K.A. The Ti22 Money Clip) made from pure high grade American titanium!
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