Front- PURE TITANIUM (90%-to-100% titanium)
Temples-BETA TITANIUM. An alloy, beta titanium is usually composed of 75% titanium combined with 22% vanadium (for hardness) and 3% aluminum (for lightness).
Titanium is named for the Titans – the race of giant gods that preceded the famous Greek gods of Mount Olympus –a name reflecting this metal’s super-hero strength. Ready to be impressed? Titanium’s melting point is 3020 degrees Fahrenheit and its boiling point is 5949 degrees Fahrenheit. Whoa! That’s one strong metal!
Because of this strength, its resistance to corrosion and because it is inert – meaning it doesn’t react with other substances – titanium is used for everything from spacecraft and missile parts to hip joints and dental implants. You can see why it’s an awesome material for eyeglass frames.
Staying in Shape
Titanium is way stronger than steel, but it’s almost half as light. This means that, unlike other metal frames, titanium frames don’t get bent out of shape (pun intended). They stay comfortable and you don’t have to keep running to the optical office for adjustments (though we are always happy to see you!). Honestly, you can even fall asleep and roll over on top of them and they probably won’t need adjusting. That’s pretty impressive!
Avoiding the Yuck Factor
Metal frames made of other materials are subject to corrosion. Friction as the temples move with your face, combined with perspiration, can provoke a reaction with the copper or nickel in a metal alloy frame, causing a green salt to leach out. This can literally leave a green line on either side of your face. Ewww!
Titanium frames, however, do not corrode, so you never have to worry about looking like you have a tattoo gone bad on your face.
Also, titanium is hypoallergenic and contains no nickel, so you don’t have to worry about allergies or irritation.
2-color titanium frame
Fashion and Function
Modern techniques have brought a new range of beautiful colors to the world of titanium frames. The superior strength of this metal also means that it can be formed into shapes with crisp, clean edges and sleek lines. We think you’ll love the lightweight feel and superior design. They cost a little more than metal alloys, but the comfort and durability are well worth it.
Titanium frame by WOOW (France) with matte gray finish
BLACKFIN titanium booth took first prize at optical trade fair in Milan, Italy in 2015.
Inside of Blackfin titanium booth
Onega Astaltsova in front of the booth in Munich, Germany in 2016
The prestigious Bestand Award is given by eyewear trade show in Italy to the booth that received the highest number of votes from visitors during the exhibition.
The BESTAND is awarded to exhibitors who have been able to transform their booth into a “place of wonder” where the furniture, the products and their effective display have been specifically designed to give visitors an unforgettable experience.
(photo: ОПТИЧЕСКИЙ Magazine, Russia)