Hello Jim Your way of reducing the titanum wire with a tube is rather
expensive. This is maybe the couse that thin titanium wire of 0.5 mm
(0.02") is rather expencive. But it also may be expensive due to
small amounts of sale. I have tried to pull the wire direct with all
kind of lubricants, even Mo2S pure. However I have forgotten to try
copper past as lubricant. Or maybe if I paint it with some
Polyurethane floor paint this will maybe work. I will give it a try.
The aim is to reduce the friction of the titanium to the
I found that I have two types of wire at home rolled and pulled one.
The rolled wire has diagonal scratches. Titanium can very good be
rolled (with rolling there is no rubbing friction between the rolls
and the material. Titanium has the effect of smearing the counter
surface of tools and in a drawing plate this will happens dramaticly.
About anealing, don't be afraid to aneal with a torch. If you aneal
fast to dull red, you wil not have trouble with H brittlenes, only
some oxides on the surface. My soldering picks are still not brittle
and they are heated up hunderts of times. Also we are not using high
alloyed titanium and not building airplanes. We are not using the
titanium strengts at its limits. So some % of quality loss is not
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