Material Monday - Copper

Material Monday - Copper

Ahh, copper. 

 

One of only two metals on the periodic table with a natural color other than silver or grey (I will give a 20% discount to the first person who can identify the other).  It radiates a warm reddish tone that almost begs to be touched.  It is relatively malleable,  conducts heat and electricity well, and exists all over the world.  It is one of the oldest metals in common use (dating back 10,000 years!) and was one of the first metal shaped into a tool by humans.  So, humanity has been making EDC gear out of copper since the beginning. 

 

Another major benefit to copper is its ability form a protective patina through oxidation. This patina can be developed naturally through exposure, or chemically.  The patina acts as nature's PVD coating, a beautiful covering designed to protect the material underneath.  A major difference between patina and rust is the underlying benefit to one, vs. the clear detriment of the other.  Patina protects the copper underneath, while rust is corrosive and will completely consume the iron over time and disintegrate.

 

So, copper is (relatively) cooperative for makers, protects itself from the elements, and has the pedigree of being humanity's first metal.  It makes sense that copper is a serious part of the EDC maker's arsenal, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 

Featured Products

Fellhoelter Spin Top - Copper/Magnesium.  A sort of welcome distraction from the world of custom knives and TiBolts, seeing a Fellhoelter spin top is equal parts rare and fun! The copper ages beautifully, and it maintains a proportionally heavy spin base, leading to super long spin times.

Nottingham Tactical Ti Clicker Pen - Copper Fluted.  I could spend all day working the ultra smooth clicker action of a Nottingham Tactical Ti Clicker Pen.  Seeing it in copper, knowing that each will age/patina differently, and having the design set off by the fluted body has resulted in several of these going missing around EDCaddiction hedquarters.  

QERIM Secret Window Pry Bar - TECU Copper.  This one is particularly interesting, due to the specific copper used.  TECU is an environmentally friendly, made from recycled materials copper that is primarily used in LEED certified buildings.  This is one of (if not the) first example of an EDC piece being made out of this material.

 

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