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Tungsten Bars: Worth Their Weight In Gold

Tungsten bars are fine-grained metals that resemble silver. These bars are used in a variety of different industrial applications like proweights, counterbalances, tungsten wire, special steel alloys, and light bulb filaments. It is extremely interesting to see the way that the material works throughout the manufacturing industry but it is even more interesting to see the applications it is used in for different industries. But did you know that tungsten is used in illegal settings too? There is a widespread problem for tungsten counterfeit. The process is relatively easy and for someone who is good at making counterfeit gold out of tungsten the payout can be extremely high. This is an international problem as well with tungsten bars showing up in the United States, United Kingdom, and in Germany. Continue reading

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Falcon Stainless & Alloys Corporation Provides Hard-To-Find Grades

Falcon Stainless & Alloys Corporation was established in 1959, and has been serving a number of industries worldwide with specialty metals and forgings for over fifty years. And when it comes to those specialty metals, Falcon has it all: nickel alloys, alloy steels, stainless steels, aluminum, tungsten alloys, and titanium. Each of these are available in sheet, coil, foil, wire, strip, bar, pipe, plate, tubing, and structural metals. Specializing in “hard to find” grades and sizes of metals, Falcon’s forge division is able to offer sizes that are larger than those commonly available from mill production. Continue reading

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Tungsten: Fought Over & Sought After

The year 1783 marked the birth of the strongest pure metal with the highest melting point: Tungsten. The makings of this metal lay in the layers of the earth as ore ready to be mined and extracted. In 1781, German pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele was working with tungstenite ore (now called scheelite), specifically calcium tungstate mineral, and with his mortar and pestle extracted a new acid, tungstic acid (a fine yellow powder). He suggested that by reducing it a new metal could be obtained. Two years later, Spaniard brothers Jose and Fausto Elhuyar found an identical acid in wolframite and were able to take Scheele’s vision and isolate the tungsten metal by reduction of the tungsten powder. Wolframite, an iron manganese tungstate mineral, was examined by Woulfe in 1779, marking the earliest documented time that someone thought that the new tungsten element might exist. Thus, an alternative name for tungsten is wolfram. Continue reading

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