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.