Thursday, June 19, 2008



Warning: This post contains stuff that only a real nerd would care about.

Titanium (pronounced /taɪˈteɪniəm/) is a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a light, strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including to sea water and chlorine) transition metal with a grayish color. - Wikipedia

I have always wanted to find titanium nuts, bolts and washers for my leg. I had asked around but never really applied myself to the task of finding them.... Until today.

It didn't take long. Pacific Fasteners - Burnaby, BC. These guys had a full range of titanium goodies... they also know how to make a buck, but I can't begrudge them the right to make obscene profits when they are the only guys anywhere who have the right stuff.

Pacific Fasteners warehouse

This is what $111.13 of Titanium bolts, nuts and washers looks like. Steep, I know... but this should be a lifetime supply. AND, how priceless is it to know that components of my leg not only have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of ANY metal, but also come with their own ATOMIC NUMBER?! That is particularly cool.... 22 baby!

The final crowning glory is that each nut, bolt and washer is individually stamped (no, let's say 'engraved') with the symbol 'Ti'.

Engraved - just like silver, gold or platinum (and almost as expensive!)

Titanium leg candy - stealthy matte carbon in colour

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