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HAND MADE SR-71 TITANIUM RINGS AND WEDDING BANDS

HAND CUT - HAND SHAPED - HAND GROUND - HAND POLISHED

CUSTOM MADE FOR YOU TO YOUR EXACT SIZE



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Rounded Style Rings
$549


Made of a solid part of titanium that is cut from a mission flown part of the SR-71 Blackbird.

These rings are not made using automated machine tools or metal lathes.

During the 2 day process, each ring is carefully hand formed around a custom made sizing die at 1000 degrees F.
The ends are welded using the Tungsten Inert Argon Gas method and then hand ground and polished to the final size and profile.

Available in widths from 3/16" to 3/8".

Double Heat Treatment                                              High Polish    

                Small                                                   Edge of Space Blue







Save on matching sets.
Only $
499 for each Rounded ring when purchased as a set.





Low Profile Rings
$599

Composed from a part which has two layers of the SR-71 Titanium metal.

These rings display a feature presenting a texture unique to every individual ring.

Available in widths from 1/4 " to 5/16".
 


Polished Colorized


Variable Colorized in the Satin Finish




Polished



Save on matching sets.
Only $549 for each Low Profile ring when purchased as a set.





All of the rings are rounded on the inside diameter for a comfortable fit.


You choose the Finish and Coloring if desired

Polished - Satin - Rough Sanded - Sand Blasted

Edge of Space Blue - Double Heat Treatment - Variable Rainbow Effect




Find your ring size



Not all gauges on the market are accurate and many standards are used throughout the world.

Do not use a tapered mandrel type sizing gauge to determine your size.




Rounded Style Ring Thickness

How thick of a ring do you want?

Since every titanium ring is made to order, you can even specify the desired thickness of the ring.

All the rings are made with the Comfort Fit feature.
The inside of the ring (against the skin) is rounded for comfort so this limits the thickness depending on the the rings width.

Do you like the feeling of a substantial ring on your finger or would you rather not know it's there?



 I offer three general choices or you can provide an exact dimension !

Standard
I will select the best thickness, based on the width and size for a perfect balance between the look and comfort.

Thinner
Depending on the width and size 
I will make the ring as thin as possible.

Thicker
Depending on the width and size I will make the ring bulkier.







LASER ENGRAVED SR-71 TITANIUM ID / DOG TAG

Only $149 each

While Supplies Last







Historical Background on SR-71 Titanium

Clarence "Kelly" Johnson quotes about the SR-71 Titanium and problems during it's development.

"The tough titanium actually is a very sensitive material to handle."

"Titanium is such a ridged material that it cannot be shoved into place - as can some other metals and therefore cut to less-exact tolerances."

"It must be tooled to fit. "This exact tooling is very expensive-"

"Special tools were required, a drill would be totally destroyed after about 17 rivet holes."

"We were paying $119 per foot for titanium extrusions, and it was costing us $19 per inch to machine them".
(That's early 1960's dollars)

Kelly Johnson's narration of the Blackbird titanium parts fabrication process.

"Hot sizing process at ADP is used to form close tolerance parts from titanium sheet metal.

A furnace is used to preheat steel dies to 1400 degrees F.

The hot die is then move to a hot sizing press where they are then kept hot by electric heaters.

The hydraulically operated hot sizing press applies pressure to the titanium parts holding them at a constant temperature and pressure for a processing period of 15 minutes.

The parts are then removed from the dies and allowed to cool.

Parts are then pickled and cleaned and then readied for assembly.

Spot welding machines with close current controls are use to assemble many of the Blackbird airframe components.

This equipment is of special design and suitable only for a sophisticated titanium alloy.
"

The secret code name used by the Lockheed Skunk Works for this material was "Unobtainium".




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