- Feb 25, 2000
I've reviewed many of the strings (going back over a year) discussing the pros and cons of talonite. One of the major advantages of this material appears to lie in its inherent homogeneity. The excellent info you have all provided gives me the impression that, unlike traditional heat treated blade steels, as you wear your way into a talonite blade the underlying material retains all of the same characteristics (and to exactly the same degree) as the surface material. In subsequent discussions I thought I read about what seemed to be a breakthrough in the preparation of talonite through a heat treating process which, as with steel, improved hardness characteristics. Am I understanding the history of talonite development correctly? And if this heat treating process was developed after talonite's introduction has it come at the expense of the homogeneity which is so important to talonite's functionality and appeal? I realize this question is a bit involved for a first time contributor, but this forum is so outstanding, and the regulars so knowledgeable, I feel like an expert after reading only two days. Thanks to all.