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What is M3 Mokume gane?
Mokume Gane (wood grained metal) originated in Japan in the 17th century as a mixed metal laminate with distinctive layered wood grain type patterns creating spectacular decorations for Samurai Swords. "M3 Mokume Gane" is a modern interpretation of this ancient Japanese metal art. Today's engineers and scientists use these "Mokume" patterns and M3 technology to create the new "super composites" that are making the privatization of space a beautiful reality.M3 Mokume Gane Blanks, Everything is handcrafted to exacting standards in the main facility in New Jersey.

Macro-Molecular Materials (M3) are part of the new breed of composite designer materials that make everything from the Stealth Bomber to the International Space Station possible. Additionally recognized for its astounding aesthetic properties, gem quality finish and heirloom characteristics; M3 Mokume composites allow the artisan to transcend the barrier between art and craft and transform handcrafted objects into the finest heirloom quality luxury goods. These materials are made with high purity metals and other exotic elements that have been de-constructed to the macro-molecular level and then reconstructed with highly refined chemical binders. Heat, pressure and an exothermic chemical reaction cause the molecules to cross link forming a new material with a unique macro-molecular structure. Because the M3 process distributes the molecules homogeneously the new material gains the benefit of all the unique characteristics of the individual components..

All M3 Mokume Gane patterns are random, created by hand and by the reaction of the elements to each other. While we have some control over the overall patterns (ie:wood grain or burl) the end result is like a snowflake or fingerprint; no two are alike. It is the random nature of the patterns that make our M3 Mokume Gane so desirable.

Mokume Gane come in solid or patterned colors. Patterned can be face, side or burl.

Solid Colors: aluminum, black titanium, blue bronze, brass, carbonite, cobaltium, galactic bronze, galactic copper, gold bronze, gunsmoke bronze, nickel silver, red copper, silver bronze, stainless steel, white aluminum.

Patterned colors: classic mokume, black/gold, damascus steel, bits & pieces, white mokume, black & white, cobaltium, gunsmoke/gold, lapis, blue bronze/red copper, black/red and blue bronze/white silver.

Classic Mokume: Purest Copper / White Aluminum
Black/Gold: Black Carbonite / Gold Bronze
Damascus Steel: Bright 316 Stainless Steel / Fine Carbonite
Bits & Pieces: Pure bonze, brass, copper, gold bronze, silver bronze and other M3 metals
White Mokume: White aluminum / Gunsmoke Bronze
Black & White: Black carbonite : White aluminum
Cobaltium: Blue metal alloy / Black carbonite
Gunsmoke & Gold: Gold Bronze / Gunsmoke bronze
Lapis Mokume: Blue Bronze / Gold Bronze
Blue & Red: Blue bronze / Red copper
Black & Red: Black carbonite / Red Copper
Blue & White: Blue Bronze / White aluminum

A few examples of colors and patterns.

What is G10 and Micarta?
G10 laminate is a fiberglass impregnated material with an epoxy resin binder while forming the sheet under very high pressure. Micarta is a linen, canvas or paper impregnated material with an epoxy binder. G10 is a very durable and strong material. It is extensively used in the electronics industry. Micarta a very durable too and offer a slick smooth (paper), lightly textured (linen) and heavy textured (canvas) option.

A few examples of colors.

What is carbon fiber?
carbon Fiber being on the expensive side has the advantage of an incredible weight-to-strenght ratio hereby making CF currently the best material that can be produced in appreciable quantities. CF is a material which consists of fibers (5–10 μm in diameter) and mostly composed of carbon atoms. Those atoms are bonded together in crystals. Those crystals and the way they are aligned give CF the incredible weight-to-strenght properties (stiffness, tensile strenght, low weight, chemical resistance, temperature tolerance, low thermal expansion).

To form a composite Carbon Fiber (usually a woven fabric) is mostly combined with other materials (plastic resin). These are the sheets that are being mostly used. CF is very popular in the aerospace, civil engineering, military and motorsports.

What Paua/Abalone ALVS?
This is 100% real Abalone or Paua shell with a backing (black, blue or green) and topcoat durable acrylic layer. The main difference between Paua and Abalone is the size of the shell. Abalone has a tighter grouping of the patterns while Paua a bit larger.


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