This material is ten times stronger than the Commercial Grade and still pretty easy to work. Our new M3x10 formula is built on a completely different advanced polymer backbone than Commercial Grade.
This material is strong enough to stand on its own. There is no need for a tube or liner when producing small works with this remarkable example of today’s advanced material engineering. Unimaginable strength, surface hardness, scratch and chip resistance along with tighter and more interesting patterns are just some of the advantages. These billets are produced by hand one at a time in order to insure the absolutely highest quality.
M3x10 blanks are designed for many objects to be produced from a single blank. As such, the patterning is extremely tight in order to insure plenty of pattern in small parts.
M3 Mokume is a perfect material for both men’s and women’s jewelry. M3 Mokume can be used as an inlay, cabochon or pendent and works great as a ring, wedding band or bracelet.
Rings, wedding bands, earrings, broaches, watch cases, charms, cufflinks, tie bars, belt buckles and fine carvings are some of the items produced.
“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)
M3 Mokume Styles
Black & Red
Blue & White
Black & White
Tiffany Blue & Gold
Gunsmoke & Gold
M3 Lapis Mokume
Blue & Red Mokume
Patterns for M3 Commercial Grade Blanks & Billets are available in WoodEye and Burl.
M3 Jewelry Grade: In the early 21st Century, with the price of precious metals at an all time high, many artisans sought out M3 Mokume as an alternative material for jewelry, collectibles and handheld works of art. M3 Mokume Jewelry Grade was engineered specifically to meet to needs of these talented designers.
The patterns are tight and elaborate insuring plenty of pattern in small parts. It is strong, smooth, lightweight and feels great to touch. M3 Mokume feels so good against the skin that some jewelry designers use it as the inner band of wedding rings.
Impact, break and heat resistant (350 degrees F.), this material is rugged enough to be used on tactical equipment, but recommended more for EDC (everyday carry), collectibles and limited editions.
A true Heirloom quality material, means that M3 Mokume can't rust, corrode or rot and will look great for many generations,Click "What is M3" for a detailed scientific explantation.
"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)
Working with M3 Mokume Jewelry Grade: Engineered to be dense and stable, M3 Jewelry Grade works easily, but is a bit tougher on the tools than our Commercial Grade. Wood Lathes and tools will still work this material, but carbide and diamond tipped tools work best.
M3 Jewelry Grade needs to be worked differently than traditional metals. M3 is a metal composite, the metal equivalent of engineered stone like Caesar Stone. You can’t forge, solder, roll or bend it around a mandrel. Instead rings and bracelets are turned on a lathe or cut from flat stock using standard wood working tools.
The material is dense and stable and works well in a production environment. CNC mills and cutters will operate faster and require less frequent tooling changes drastically reducing production times. The material lends itself to mass finishing and we have perfected a two part polishing system that also reduces hand finishing labor. The finished product is beautiful, lightweight, scratch resistant, very strong, comfortable to wear and to touch and will last for many generations.
USE APPROPRIATE DUST MASK AND EYE PROTECTION: NIOSH 42 CFR 84 (or equal) PAPER DUST MASK AND GOGGLES
No special tools are required to work with M3. It will cut, turn, sand, grind, carve and drill with standard wood working tools. But carbide and diamond tipped tools will work the best.
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.
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.