Tactical Wedding Ring

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Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:04 pm

OK, so I'll proposing soon and that got me thinking about my own inevitable wedding ring and making it serve some practical/tactical purpose. For instance what metal (or ceramic?) would have unique and useful properties? Palladium can absorb 900 times its volume of hydrogen which is cool, but that doesn't have an apparent use to me, tungsten is really hard, do any other metals have uniquely useful electrical or other properties? Then there is the gem (I probably won't get one, but hey since we're on this bizarre subject) I know you can flip a diamond over and get a nice little point, certain crystals would be useful for building a radio, what else could be taken into account?

I know this is a weird subject, but I've just been thinking about it a lot lately.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Ad'lan » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:12 pm

Platinum is a Great Catalyst for a lot of chemical reactions.

However, this may be a bad thing, supposing you accidentally catalysed a reaction and produced something toxic (as I have seen happen in my chemistry class with Nickel Spatula's).


Really, I don't think you should use your wedding ring as a Tactical Aid at all. I mean, would your wife approve of you using your wedding ring as a Transistor?
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Post by Jegred2 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:18 pm

Ad'lan wrote:Platinum is a Great Catalyst for a lot of chemical reactions.

However, this may be a bad thing, supposing you accidentally catalysed a reaction and produced something toxic (as I have seen happen in my chemistry class with Nickel Spatula's).


Really, I don't think you should use your wedding ring as a Tactical Aid at all. I mean, would your wife approve of you using your wedding ring as a Transistor?
You never know, MacGyver would probably be able to make a shrapnel bomb from a wedding ring 2 toothpicks and a piece of gum.

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Post by LittleTeapot » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:30 pm

Part of me wants to say, "cool, let's think of nifty ideas".

Then the other part of me says,
"DEAR GOD MAN ARE YOU OUT YOUR MIND? BUY GOLD, PLATINUM AND/OR DIAMONDS OR
SHE'S GOING TO SMACK YOU IN THE FACE WITH A FRYING PAN AND NEVER LET YOU FORGET THIS
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE".



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Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:33 pm

I am aware of just how ludicrous this probably is, and I would never dare buy her anything but real jewerly, but for myself I am willing to wear something else as long as it LOOKs more or less like normal jewelry.

Besides, if nothing else I think this has great entertainment value.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by crypto » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:36 pm

If your reason for not wanting a normal wedding ring is that you think they look too frivolous, get a bead-blasted titanium one. They're only about $150 and completely indestructible.
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Post by LittleTeapot » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:39 pm

derajer wrote:I am aware of just how ludicrous this probably is, and I would never dare buy her anything but real jewerly,
but for myself I am willing to wear something else as long as it LOOKs more or less like normal jewelry.

Besides, if nothing else I think this has great entertainment value.
Not ludicrous at all.

I think wedding rings are very personal items that have a lot of meaning to the most important
people in the equation - the bride and groom.

If she's open to it, I think discussing it with her might be fun (if it's not a surprise proposal).

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Organdonor » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:44 pm

My second wedding band (my second wife wouldn't let me re-use my first wedding band... dunno why) is titanium. It's aircraft grade, whatever that means. Cost me $189. Would have cost be about $50 less, but I had them make me one with a platinum inlay in it, rather than the normal white gold one. I figured it made sense to match the frigging thousands I spend on the wife's platinum wedding set. No one would have known it was white gold instead of platinum, but why fuck with karma? Burned me the first marriage.

Mine looks like this one, but instead of a gold inlay mine's platinum.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by arc_second » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:49 pm

Hey they make rings with the diamond pre-flipped.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by GeneralDiscontent » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:02 pm

I wouldn't go so far as to try to use it to make anything, but my main concern with my wedding band was durability (I'm pretty hard on jewelry). I went with a tungsten carbide band:

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Post by phil_in_cs » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:05 pm

She will pick this stuff out. You STFU and write checks. Trust me on this.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by White Bear » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:15 pm

ZS Decoder Ring?
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by DrGonzo » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:47 pm

We had a Reservist transferred to our unit in Iraq who was a jeweler in his civilian job. He traded in his regular gold band for a titanium one while deployed. It was super light, and he whacked it with a hammer several times, didn't have a scratch on it.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by GeneralDiscontent » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:08 pm

KeepItSimpleStupid wrote: Ive heard some (probably urban legend) horror stories about the more exotic ring materials... like surgeons dont have the tools to cut off a titanium ring in an emergency, so they cut off the finger instead and reattach it afterwards - if you can afford it. No thanks.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:59 pm

I have pretty much decided against gold for either mine or hers (she's allergic) and platinum is out of the question expensive, so that's part of it. Most I am just interested in using the ring for some kind of practical purpose, or atleast knowing there is something useful about it that could be important if TSHTF.

As I said before, her rings wll be normal.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Ad'lan » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:16 pm

She's Allergic to Gold? Are you sure?

Was it maybe the Copper in Red Gold, rather than the Pure gold it'self? I've never heard of a gold Allergy before.
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Post by Y.T. » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:22 pm

derajer wrote:OK, so I'll proposing soon and that got me thinking about my own inevitable wedding ring and making it serve some practical/tactical purpose.
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Post by Tactical Raccoon » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:24 pm

Could always use it at a bartering item. Depends what it is made of and what gems are on the ring.
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Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:26 pm

filed under "You know you're a survivalist when..."
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Not sure if it's gold, nickel, or copper, but all three metals are in both yellow and white gold

One idea that came up in the chat was using it for starting fires. I always carry a firesteel and if the ring had some kinda fancy rough inlaid surface and was made of tungsten carbide it would probably make a great striker.
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Post by donjulio » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:28 pm

I would not even discuss this with her. She will probably "help" you pick out your ring.....and you had better go along with it.
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Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:32 pm

She will think it's funny, and probably make fun of me about it for the rest of our lives.
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Post by Y.T. » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:34 pm

derajer wrote:She will think it's funny, and probably make fun of me about it for the rest of our lives.
then you should def marry her. my bf works with metals, if we have time tonight I can ask him about strengths and alternate uses.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Doctor_Zombie » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:43 pm

Just remember with Titanium - if you're injured and your finger swells for whatever reason - they can't cut it off easily.

It'd be easier to cut off your finger. :o
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