Create stunning heirloom quality luxury goods with M3 Mokume composite Blanks, Rods, Billets, and Knife Scales. Add a whole new dimension to your art by creating with magnificent materials exhibiting spectacular wood grains (Mokume), patterns and surface characteristics that both mesmerize and inspire. Produced with exotic natural elements (metals, lava, carbon) that have been transformed by the M3 macro-molecular process enabling them to be worked with standard tooling, finished easily to a gem quality surface and will literally last forever.
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M3 Single Metal Rods, Blanks and Billets
"Single Metal" pen blanks was our first M3 product introduced in 2006. Pure atomized metals and highly refined advanced polymers are used in the M3 proprietary process. Other common, rare and exotic elements are introduced into the M3 matrix that enhance the look, work-ability and longevity of what used to be "ordinary metals".The new macro molecular structure creates a stunning M3 material that looks like the purist and rarest form of the base metal with a luster and twinkle reminiscent of a "Galactic Starfield" (Hence the name "Galactic ..."). This resulting material will not conduct electricity and can never rot or corrode; a true heirloom quality material. M3 Single Metals are available as rods,rectangular blanks, billets, Plates and flat stock.
“And I have to tell you - the pictures DO NOT do this stuff justice! In these pictures, it looks 2 dimensional. But up close, it looks like a lustrous metal with a cool 3 dimensional "starfield" effect when you move it in the light - it glitters and glows. Gorgeous material. “ (Ted Phillips Spyderco Forum)
Commercial Grade: This material was originally engineered for pen makers and wood turners, so it is easily workable with wood tools while obtaining a gem metal finish that will look great forever. This material is very strong and resilient once it is finished and in place. If you are going to break M3 Commercial grade you are going to do it by getting it too hot while working on it, press fitting misaligned parts or dropping it in the shop. Once it is assembled in the finished piece it will look great forever.
As strong and hard as this material is, it is susceptible to chipping or cracking if it is dropped, abused or over-stressed. Our Jewelry Grade material is a better choice if you need serious durability, break and chip resistance. M3 Jewelry Grade material is 10x stronger and almost unbreakable.
- No special tools are required to work with M3. It will cut, turn, sand, grind, carve and drill with standard wood working tools.
- Drill speed should be set low at around 600rpm and you should back the bit out every inch in order to control heat buildup. Using a sacrificial backing to drill into will stop any chipping at the exit hole.
- M3 will turn on any lathe; wood or metal. It is perfect for milling and CNC machining.
- Set lathe speed around 3000rpm and use sharp tools. Carbide tipped chisels will require less sharpening.
- Different M3 metals exhibit the surface hardness associated with the source metal. Titanium and stainless steel will be a little harder on the tools than copper and aluminum.
- Use a light touch and take the material down in thin layers using care not to build up too much heat.
- M3 will sand aggressively so be careful with the lower grits.
- Hold sandpaper and polishing cloths with your hand so that you can control the heat buildup.
- M3 needs to be finished. It can be sanded wet or dry and will achieve a high gloss, scratch resistant surface. Follow the polishing instructions for the PMP (premium metal polish).
- You should polish this material as “Metal” using appropriate metal polish. M3 Premium Metal Polish (PMP) is matched to M3 and creates a gem finish after sanding down to only 600 grit.
- M3 will glue or laminate to itself as well as to most other metals and materials using any good Epoxy or CA glue. Stone setting epoxy should be used when mounting precious and/or semiprecious stones.
- M3 metal will patina with standard metal patina chemicals that are readily available.
- The metals used in producing M3 maintain a very high level of purity and some will patina naturally over time and with use.
- Sand parts with 150, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600 & 800 grit using a good quality “P” grade sandpaper.
- Flat parts are best sanded in alternating directions (cross hatch) when possible.
- Clean surface between each sanding grit with a soft bush or 0000 steel wool.
- With the lathe turned off, use a gloved finger to apply a small dab of PMP "A", just enough to cover the complete part.
- Turn the lathe on and carefully apply medium pressure to the underside (for safety) of part using a soft cloth (like terry or cotton) tri-folded to about 1" wide. Move the cloth side to side slowly to get even constant contact without creating more heat than is comfortable to the touch.
- When the polish seems to disappear from the surface move to a clean part of the polishing cloth to remove residue.
- Repeat steps 2, 3, & 4 again with PMP “A” then twice again with PMP “B”.
- For best results use a buffer arbor speed between 1650 & 1750 PRM’s with an 8” diameter lose flannel wheel. This will produce a SFPM (surface feet per minute) between 3300 & 3500 SFPM. Good results may also be achieved by using an alternate drive such as a drill motor or grinder motor clamped securely in a vise with a buffing arbor and lose flannel wheel. Keep buffing wheel clean and free of excessive buffing compound build up.
- Use a gloved finger to apply a small dab of PMP "A", just enough to cover the complete part.
- Holding the part securely at the top edge, move the part toward the buffing wheel on the side of the arbor that the wheel is turning down toward the floor (not the side of the wheel coming up) so the bottom of the face you are polishing touches the wheel first and always below the center line of the arbor.
- Using medium pressure, move the part side to side while feeding the part down so the wheel contact point continues to move up the face until you reach about 3/4s of the way up the face.
- Move the part away from the wheel and rotate the face 180 degrees so the bottom face that is polished is now at the top. Then repeat step 4 until the face has an even shine. Be careful not to create anymore heat than is comfortable to the touch and always overlap polishing strokes.
- Repeat these steps again with PMP “A” then twice again with PMP “B”.
- If you are using a drill motor or other power source, or different size wheel, you can use this formula to calculate SFPM. Wheel diameter x .25 = ? x arbor speed = SFPM (8” x .25 = 2 x 1650 = 3300 SPFM).
Our Guarantee to be Beautiful: All M3 Mokume and Damascus patterns are random and created by hand along with the natural interplay of the metals during the M3 process. While we have some control over the overall patterns 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 so desirable.
If your finished work is not presentable due to an unsightly pattern or any defect in the blank then we will replace it for FREE. Simply email us photos with an explanation of the defect and we will send you a new one; all you pay for is the shipping.
Oops Insurance (50% deductable): We recognize that M3 blanks cost more than other blanks on the market and they are worth every penny. What makes this material truly unique is the fact that it is unbelievably strong while at the same time easy to turn, carve and polish. That being said, mistakes do happen and when they happen with an expensive material it hurts.
We want you to be successful. So if you break the blank, drill through, cut it wrong or destroy it in another fashion while working with it we will replace it for 50% of the current catalog price plus shipping. Simply email us the photos with a brief explanation of what happened.
NOTE: M3 Mokume is a custom made product and this order will go into production the day after it is received. Our small batch on demand production system allows us to offer over 1500 product variations on this website alone. While stocking is not realistic, we do over produce the most popular blanks; so if we have it on hand it will ship right away. Most orders ship in 5 to 15 days and we try to communicate any delays due to life, business and natural disasters. If you are on a deadline please email us and in most cases we can accommodate. (I know it says “in stock” in the shopping cart, but that is hard coded and cant be changed)
Don’t Forget M3 Premium Metal Polish (PMP)