Ah titanium! It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal — approximately 40% stronger and 40% lighter than stainless steel. It’s also highly corrosion-resistant — even when exposed to sea water and chlorine. Oceanographers report that titanium immersed for 30 years in saltwater produces no measurable corrosion. This is because titanium forms a protective oxide film instantly, when it’s exposed to a trace of air or water.
All of these attributes make titanium an ideal metal for constructing durable pocket tools. However, note that many products labeled “titanium” are just titanium colored, or they only contain a thin coating of titanium. The tools listed here are made with solid titanium or an alloy containing more than 90% titanium.
Leatherman Charge TTi Titanium Multi-Tool
Weight: 8.2 ounces (232 grams)
Titanium Type: Alloyed Titanium Handles, S30V Stainless Steel Blades
The Charge TTi Titanium Multi-Tool by Leatherman is one of the few multi-tools that incorporates titanium into its construction. This tool has titanium handles and a titanium outer coating for extra strength, and a little bit less weight.
Schrade Titanium Keychain Pry Tool
Weight: 0.5 ounces (14 grams)
Titanium Type: 6AL-4V Titanium Alloy
This Titanium Key Chain Pry Tool by Schrade is made with solid 6AL-4V titanium — an alloy that is stronger than pure titanium (the exact chemical composition is: 6% aluminium, 4% vanadium, 0.25% iron, 0.2% oxygen, and the remainder titanium).
This is 6-in-One tool, it’s: a seal belt cutter, a bottle opener, a flat head screw driver, a wrench driver, a scraper, and a pry tool. It weighs just 0.5 ounces, and it’s 3.25″ long (8.2 cm).
Titanium Inka Pen
Weight: 0.45 ounces (12.7 grams)
Titanium Type: Solid Titanium
The Titanium Inka Pen is designed to be attached to a keychain. Weighing just 0.45 ounces, the pen’s case is constructed with titanium, the and pen components are built from carbon fiber composite. It has a pressurized ink cartridge, which means the pen will write wet or dry at any angle, any temperature, and any altitude. If you’re going to be writing for some time, you can unscrew the stainless steel fob and reconfigure your pen into Full-Size mode.
The pen is made by Inka, a company based in Colorado, and created by Greg Adelman, a former marine engineer who worked for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Refills for this pen are available for about $4.
Titanium Split Pea Lighter
Weight: 0.5 ounces (14.3 Grams)
Titanium Type: 6AL4V Series Titanium Grade 5 Alloy
The Titanium Split Pea Lighter can be used as an candle in an emergency and carried on your keychain. A removable lighter insert allows it to be used as a waterproof titanium pill vial. It sells for $30 from County Comm.
Titanium Split Ring
Titanium Money Clip
Weight: 1 ounce (28 grams)
Titanium Type: Pure Titanium
Lamy Titanium 2000 Pen
I tracked down this pen by Lamy that has a body made of solid titanium. The metal trim is finished in platinum.
You can get on Amazon for about $210.
Lamy also has a stainless steel pen with a titanium finish — the Lamy 656 Titanium Twin Pen Black. It sells for around $40.
Titanium iPhone Case By Snow Peak
Weight: 0.6 ounces
Titanium Type: Pure Titanium
Snow Peak is a Japanese company that specializes in minimalist titanium tools for outdoor expeditions. Recently, they released a titanium iPhone 4 cover. Made from a single piece of titanium, the case weighs just 0.6 oz, and provides your iPhone 4 with a harder-than-steel protective back surface. It sells for about $120. Also check out Snow Peak’s range of minimalist titanium camping gear.
You can also find iPhone cases made with CNC machined aluminum – Vapor Pro cases.
Arc AAA Titanium Keychain Flashlight
Weight: 0.95 ounces (including battery)
Titanium Type: 6Al-4V (Ti-64) Titanium Alloy
Designed for keychains, Arc-AAA flashlights are barely larger than the AAA batteries they contain. The exact dimension are: 2.5 inches in length, 0.5 inches in diameter, and 0.95 ounces in weight (including battery). The Arc-AAA is made in Phoenix, Arizona by Arc Flashlights. The company only makes keychain-sized flashlights, and put a lot of attention into the design of their lights (see the FAQ page for all the technical details).
The three titanium models range in price from $125 to $140.
Xeno Cube Titanium Flashlight
This minimalist flashlight, the Xeno Cube, is machined from a cylinder of titanium. It incorporates a CREE XP-G R5 LED, and it gets excellent performance from a single AA battery. On its brightest setting it shines with 400 lumens (when using a 14500 series battery).
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