Tactical Wedding Ring

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by ant69 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:17 pm

They probably won't cut off your finger unless "not" removing the ring is somehow life threatening. On the other hand severe swelling could make it quite uncomfortable for about a half hour or so while they remove a titanium ring to save your finger. I have a titanium ring because I can't stand gold or jewelry in general. The light weight and "The Abbyss" indestructability were selling points for me. I had my eye on the Black titanium rings for stealth. (Hint, if you have a mind to get one of those don't call it the "Black Ring of Death" in front of your fiance!) :roll:

I like the Fire steel Idea though. Maybe a custom option for a three piece interlocking ring made from Magnesium Flint and Steel?
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Jeriah » Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:35 pm

Mine's titanium. Bead blasting would be ideal, as titanium, although very hard, scratches easily. Mine had a bright finish but is dull with scratches now. Might see what a Nyalox wheel does to it...

Tungsten is supposed to be very similar to Ti in this application but is more scratch resistent.

I don't plan on using my wedding band for anything, BTW. I just like everything to be titanium.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Tactical Raccoon » Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:33 pm

Jeriah wrote:Mine's titanium. Bead blasting would be ideal, as titanium, although very hard, scratches easily. Mine had a bright finish but is dull with scratches now. Might see what a Nyalox wheel does to it...

Tungsten is supposed to be very similar to Ti in this application but is more scratch resistent.

I don't plan on using my wedding band for anything, BTW. I just like everything to be titanium.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Organdonor » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:00 pm

DrGonzo wrote: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.

A burly ring can save your life. Remember Ed Harris in "The Abyss" when his ring saved him from drowning? Linky McLinkerson
That clip was exactly the reason I thought "titanium" when it was time for a wedding band. And to think, he almost flushed it away!

In terms of tacticool.... a buddy of mine has a titanium ring that has a less-rounded edge that mine. He's able to use the edge of his to pop the caps off of beer bottles.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by NapTime » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:09 pm

Organdonor wrote:In terms of tacticool.... a buddy of mine has a titanium ring that has a less-rounded edge that mine. He's able to use the edge of his to pop the caps off of beer bottles.
The first thing I thought of was this ring, but obviously you'd be crucified if you tried to use it as a wedding band.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Tegyrius » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:10 pm

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Titanium, black synthetic diamond coating. I considered the tungsten carbide, but I didn't like the finish under most light. YMMV. Weight and comfort were factors for me, as I spend 8-12 hours a day at a keyboard and I didn't want anything that would interfere with typing.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Murph » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:38 pm

Here's my two suggestions:

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by luctus » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:40 pm

I once dated a girl who claimed to be allergic to all metals, except platinum. I never called official BS on it, but I was always suspicious.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by praharin » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:38 pm

my ring is tungsten. as such quite heavy for its size. attach it to some 550 and youre on your way to cracking mellons and chipping teeth
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Apollo-11 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:57 pm

Hardened titanium could be used as a belay device in an emergency, using 550 cord as your life line. :D
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by tilt » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:09 pm

My ring is Titanium, I keep it on a piece of 550 cord as a necklace and leave it at the house. I can't really wear it most of the time as I spend too much time around electricity, fast moving parts and machinery and have a high risk of condcuction and ESD damage to components. I think I've worn it four times in the last year, for really special occasions.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by derajer » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:02 pm

I hadn't thought about the weapon or the belay ring, both great ideas.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by PHMadness » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:55 pm

I am here to tell you that if you want titanium you need not worry about getting it off in an emergency. The nice folks in the ER cut through mine like it was butter, although he commented it was tougher. I don't know if the alloy jewelry makers use is harder or not but I doubt it. I made mine from the head of a bent valve. I bead blasted it then tumbled it for quite a while in steel media. I have never seen a tungsten carbide ring in person but I imagine if you smashed it like I did it would probably break, maybe a good thing maybe not.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by GeneralDiscontent » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:00 am

PHMadness wrote:I have never seen a tungsten carbide ring in person but I imagine if you smashed it like I did it would probably break, maybe a good thing maybe not.
Yep, tungsten carbide is actually much more brittle than titanium - it'll crack before it'll bend.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by slc » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:48 am

I've never thought of using a wedding ring for anything. In my experience, they aren't really practical. I wear mine because it feels like something is wrong without it, but I understand why lots of people don't wear one at all.
-When I paint, or cook, I have to take them off to avoid getting gunk in between the diamonds and setting. It's a bitch trying to get oil paint out of there.
-If your wife decides to wear 2 rings, get them soldered. My finger gets pinched when I lift weights, or anything heavy that I have to grip.
-When I gained weight during pregnancy, the ring got too tight, and I had to wear it around my neck.
-My dad's cracked a few times, and he would get his skin broken when it pinched him. Once it almost looked like it was going to pierce his finger. So whatever you get, make sure it's durable. Cracks are bad.
-Hawk's wedding ring is in a box somewhere. He doesn't wear rings because he got a sterling silver one stuck in a scaffold at work. If the ring were stronger material, he could have ripped his finger off while he fell. Or at least broken it. I wore it around my neck for a while but it kept hitting me in the face every time I bent over, or thumping me in the chest while I ran.

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Loquinho » Tue Jun 24, 2008 6:02 am

Most metal allergies in jewelry are an allergy to Nickel - my wife is very allergic. While that metal is present in gold, it's in a quantity that usually isn't going to cause a problem, especially if it's a high quality gold.

If you're looking for an engagement ring to stand the test of time, just make sure to get one that has a bezel setting. My wife likes to garden and has an active job, and this was a necessity for her. Personally, I think this setting looks better, it keeps the ring tighter to the finger so it's less likely to catch on something, and it secures the diamond better so it won't fall out under any circumstances.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by mk_ultra » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:44 pm

Our wedding bands are titanium . Mine is plain , my wife's has a small Moisinite stone in it , which is a synthetic diamond , that is more brilliant than a real diamond , and theoretically nobody's life was ended or ruined for it.

I prefer to say that my ring is made of Space Titanium as that is what Mecha Godzilla is made of

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by TheFishinMagician » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:37 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. For instance what metal (or ceramic?) would have unique and useful properties?
How about a powerful neodymium magnet disguised as a ring?

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Abacus » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:19 pm

I went with Titanium, another "Abyss" victim here, but also because I found that they are really really cheap. I think I paid like $40 for mine.

Hers on the other hand was much more expensive. I insisted on a conflict diamond :).
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Gunny » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:04 am

I love all of you guys, but this section is for Bug Out Gear (hey, it's in the name!). Lets keep it to that kind of gear kay?

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by DrGonzo » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:59 am

molawns wrote:
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. For instance what metal (or ceramic?) would have unique and useful properties?
How about a powerful neodymium magnet disguised as a ring?

Neodymium magnet rings ....scroll about 3/4 of the way down the page.
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by MrAcheson » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:02 am

my wife's has a small Moisinite stone in it , which is a synthetic diamond
Nope, although it does look a lot like diamond. Moissanite is a synthetic silicon carbine gemstone. It's hard and tough and quite pretty. When I was shopping for the engagement ring, I looked into green moissanite as a hardier alternative to emeralds. Unfortunately they didn't offer the cut I wanted in green.

My wedding band is simple beaten white gold. Not especially flashy and I can resize it later. At the time everyone was being warned off titanium for the debunked ring-cutting reasons or I probably would have bought one.

If you want something tactical, you might also consider engraving information on it. I had my wedding date engraved so I can't forget my anniversary. That's an important tactical consideration once you're married, let me tell you. Keep in mind that space is limited so you probably won't have room for much more than a few numbers or words. Maybe GPS coordinates of a cache or an emergency rally point location?

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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Jeriah » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:18 am

MrAcheson wrote:
my wife's has a small Moisinite stone in it , which is a synthetic diamond
Nope, although it does look a lot like diamond. Moissanite is a synthetic silicon carbine gemstone. It's hard and tough and quite pretty. When I was shopping for the engagement ring, I looked into green moissanite as a hardier alternative to emeralds. Unfortunately they didn't offer the cut I wanted in green.

My wedding band is simple beaten white gold. Not especially flashy and I can resize it later. At the time everyone was being warned off titanium for the debunked ring-cutting reasons or I probably would have bought one.

If you want something tactical, you might also consider engraving information on it. I had my wedding date engraved so I can't forget my anniversary. That's an important tactical consideration once you're married, let me tell you. Keep in mind that space is limited so you probably won't have room for much more than a few numbers or words. Maybe GPS coordinates of a cache or an emergency rally point location?
Note the slightly different spelling. Perhaps Mr. Acheson is referring to a different type of synthetic stone? One, perhaps, made by melting down old Mosin Nagants? :wink:
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Re: Tactical Wedding Ring

Post by Dr. Quickdraw McGraw » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:29 am

after two pages i would just like to be the first to say congrats to derajer :D

I have the privilege to be acquainted with the happy couple and think that (soon to be) Mrs. derajer would be very cool with a Tactical wedding band.
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