Re: Swisstool Terminology
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007, 05:58:50 AM »
I see the term used interchangably, but that's not quite correct.
is a process done to steel. It changes the surface of the steel itself, with no build-up. Think of it as a super intense layer of black rust. This is what the SwissTool has.Anodize
is a process done to aluminum and titanium. It can either be hard anodize (black, so hard you can't scratch it with a file, Leatherman Charge AL and ALX are good examples) or decorative anodize (pretty colors, easily scratched, Leatherman Juice series tools for example.) Anodizing does alter the surface molecules of the metal, but it also builds up a slight amount, like plating.
Anyhow, that's the layman's explanation of the differences between the two. Our resident metalurgist JoeBW may be by with more details.
Hope this makes sense,