The metal component parts of a pen are usually made of brass that is plated by various methods with a finish metal. These components include the finial, clip, center band and nib section. The finish metals are available in a wide range of types and durability. There are a lot of options out there used by pen component makers and the quality varies considerably from one to the other. Creations-N-Wood offers metal finish options to compliment your new handmade pen. I try to only choose the best available finishes from the many manufacturers. In order to offer pens at different price points, the metal plating will vary in quality. Less expensive pens will have a thinner plating layer while my higher priced pens will be finished with a jewelry-grade precious metal finish. Below is a brief explanation about the metal finishes and their durability.
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Each type of plating has a wear resistance rating that indicates the durability and longevity of the plating. A 2 to 3 check rating represents pens currently on today's market that are flash plated, or in other words the plating is thin, protected by a layer of epoxy, and will not wear as well as higher rated finishes. A 5 check rating indicates the plating thickness and durability is such that it will not wear off at any time for any reason. This grade of plating is typically used on high-end pens that sell for more money, in some cases several hundred of dollars.
Rhodium - Platinum
Wear Resistance Ratings
Wear Resistance:
Possibly natures most durable and precious metal, Rhodium is used by the worlds premier pen manufactures to plate their very finest pens. A member of the Platinum precious metals family, Rhodium sells for as much as $1,800 per troy ounce and is unmatched in brilliance and durability. I guarantee the Rhodium plating used on my items for life. If it ever wears from normal use I will replace or repair it a no charge to you.
Titanium - in Gold or Black
Wear Resistance:
Titanium plating is very popular among seasoned pen makers as it offers superior wear resistance yet is a little less expensive than other precious metal plating. Available in gold or black, I guarantee the Titanium plating on my pens to last a lifetime through normal use. If it ever wears from normal use I will replace or repair it at no charge to you.
Chrome and Gun Metal
Wear Resistance:
Chrome and Gun Metal are extremely long wearing platings capable of resisting everyday wear and tear. The platings are recommended for key rings, pens and other projects. Chrome provides a shiny, rich look, at an affordable price.
10kt Gold
Wear Resistance:
This is a very popular plating that blends nickel and the beauty of gold together to form a brilliant plating that is durable and affordably priced.
Satin
Wear Resistance:
Satin series pens undergo a special plating process that produces a mate finish that features a slight texture that looks and feels great. This is a popular plating that offers a unique alternative to traditional plating.
Black Chrome
Wear Resistance:
Black Chrome offers a unique alternative to traditional platings that works extremely well with lighter colored woods. The soft sheen and depth of color are a favorite among customers.
Tactile Series
Wear Resistance:
Tactile Series pens are finished with a special non-slip coating that gives the pen a unique rubber-like feel that makes it easy to hold and warm to the touch. The matte black finish enhances the look of most woods and works especially well when used with lighter colored materials.
Copper
Wear Resistance:
Copper offers a unique beauty and warmth that begs to be held. Because copper is soft by nature, these pens feature a durable epoxy layer on top of the copper plating to increase wear resistance.
24kt Gold
Wear Resistance:
Some manufactures feature a thicker layer of 24kt Gold plating. This significantly increases the average life of the item. As 24kt Gold is naturally soft and wears quickly, all pen components have been protested with a educable epoxy layer on top of the gold increasing the wear resistance
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