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    It feels great in the hand. Not as slick as the machined finish.
    It is amazing how it picks up the light. And it looks or appears a little slimmer.
    Really happy with the work done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxspeeds View Post
    Ben, that Haiku has been bead blasted, then anodized with approx 30 volts DC.
    Thanks Joel. Is the anodizing resilient to normal usage? Looks really good. I will like to get that done on mine.

    Tino. Can I have picture of how a bead blasting machine looks like? Thanks.
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    BenChiew, to achieve a bead blasted finish one needs a blasting cabinet, compressed air @ approx. 80-100psi and enough CFM, a blasting gun and, obviously, blasting media.

    The blasting gun shoots the blasting media at high velocity against the part, the small particles hit the surface and leave that special finish. The cabinet contains the media and harmfull dust.

    I don't have pics just now, search "blasting cabinet" with google image and you'll get an idea of the setup.

    If you're starting from scratch :
    - 100 liters air compressor : approx. 400 euros
    - big bore air hose : approx. 40 euros
    - blasting gun : approx. 80 euros
    - blasting cabinet : approx. 200 euros
    total : 720 euros

    That doesn't accound a filtration system which you will need for safety reason unless you blast outdoor in a well ventilated area. A real fitration system will set you back another several hundreds of euros and you better not overlook that part as your lungs depends on it.

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    LOL Tino.
    And I thought the bead blast machine was a machine you buy as a whole unit, stick the light in and turn on a switch.

    And I assume you also do the blue annodizing too?

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    Indeed I did the ano too, I like that color. It holds better than I expected. As always with Ti (no matter what finish) you'll be better off welcoming patina then trying to keep the light pristine (which basically means leaving the light untouched in a drawer).

    The blue light pictures is my EDC, it's beed carried for a while (granted not in the key pocket) but it doesn't show obvious wear.

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    I really like your work Tino. I think it adds a new dimension to the Haiku and other titanium tools. It surely gives it a new lease of life. Makes you feel you are getting a new light.

    I just need to make up my mind and you will hear from me in the near future.

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    It does feel like you're getting a new light. One more picture, in more normal light.

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    Yoyoman, Do you feel your Haiku to be more "grippy"?

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    I always felt the CR123 pak was grippy because of the raised ridges. The BB has a slightly more grippy texture than the plain machined finished. Not like aggressive G10 scales. But not slick, If you know what I mean.
    I'm really happy with it.

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    Nice pics yoyoman
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    Hey Ma', look what I've done to my favorite knife





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    Oooo! I've always wanted one of those. Lookes even more awesomer!
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    @Tino_Ale, I just got an AA Haiku. Are you up for bead blasting it? I can't seem to PM you, so please PM me. Thank you.

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    Yoyoman, I can do it.
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    Bonjour Monsieur Tino,

    Next time I am in Paris, we can meet and you can take my light and work on it.

    You do wonderful work, I love the blue Haiku. And I can take the TGV! That is quite an experience to ride that train, and fun to go some place for lunch, and come back to Paris.

    I would like my light to be finished like that, after which I would wear my Italian suit and my French Shoes, and I would wear the light on a lanyard around my neck in the open and wander down the Champs-Élysées like Mark Twain sauntering up to a bar for a mint julep.

    After that, I will meander up and down Boulevard Haussmann, RUE Saint-Honore, La Madeleine for some pocket squares, and a new set of hand towels for our guest bathroom for our home in Palm Springs, California.

    On the way home, I will stop in New York City, and we will stay at the Waldorf Astotia, as usual. And I will repeat my walk with my light hung low around my neck, again - only I will walk from 126th and Lenox up to 145th. Should be fun.

    Until then,

    Au revior

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    RedLed,
    I like your vision of Paris, you can certainly spend some quality time over here, assuming you are ready to drop some "quality" cash too

    Yoyoman,
    You AA Haiku is processed and in the mail on it's way back to you.
    The hint of blue in the first picture is just a proof that titanium like to play tricks to eyes and cameras, it is plain BB titanium.



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    Tino, Looks great. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoman View Post
    Tino, Looks great. Thank you.
    +1.
    You must be a happy man Yoyoman.
    Looking forward to see your artistic images of the light.

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    Hey guys,

    I had a Sapphire that I wanted to renovate after a couple years on my keychain.
    Disassembled the light and bead blasted it to a smooth finish :





    Then decided to go for a champagne color ano (about 14V) :




    As good as new !
    Thanks Don for the first class maintainability nature of your lights.
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    Beautiful! I love the finish and color chosen.
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    +1 The color is subtle and adds to the bb finish.

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    Mind sharing your anodizing solution and voltage?

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    Hi,
    I'm using trisodium phosphate and voltage was somewhere between 13.5V and 14V.

    Just start around 12V and work your way up until you like the color. With titanium ano you can always go up in voltage, colour will change, but you can't go down. Make sure you rinse and dry the parts before you decide to go any further because wet BB ti doesn't show the same colour as dry.
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    Cool. Thanks

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    Hi guys,
    I discovered by accident a number of years ago that titanium reacts with hydrogen peroxide (Don't store hydrogen peroxide in a sealed titanium vessel! ) So anyway a few months back for the heck of it, I put some of the titanium clips in a shallow bowl of hydrogen peroxide and left them in there for a day or two. They ended up getting an oxide film very much like you get with the lower voltage seen in the Sapphire pic above. You need to aggitate the bath occasionally and make sure no air bubbles are trapped on the surface but it does seem to be a viable way to get a bronze color without adding electricity to the mix.
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    What a cool tip! Thanks for sharing.

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    About to try this, thanks Don!
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    Got some new babies to BB :


    Some scratches that should happily disappear :



    The lights are prepped, BB will be follow.
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    Nice to see my babies. They're a long ways from California!


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