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Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
NEW @ QiWiz.net - Titanium spatulas - two sizes on 02/27/2014 11:03:55 MST Print View

What began as a customer request for a one-of-a-kind item has now become a regular offering, so this thread was moved to Gear Deals since introductory pricing is in effect for these. Check out the thread, then if you can't resist go to QiWiz.net/spatulas.html to get one of these babies. You know you want one . . .

Original post:

A request from an Aussie who likes to push the boundaries of the possible led to this project. It turned out better than I expected it to. He wanted a light spatula that was strong and not made of plastic. Voila . . .
Weighs 24 g (0.8 oz). I don't know yet if it will be one-of-a-kind or become another unique product. Used 0.020" titanium sheet for this.

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Edited by QiWiz on 03/11/2014 05:59:11 MDT.

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
titanium spatula on 02/27/2014 11:26:10 MST Print View

What are the Length & Width dimensions?

What type of material was used for a heat insulator on the handle?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: titanium spatula on 02/27/2014 11:31:11 MST Print View

Brilliant! What are the dimensions?

I think of that shape as a flipper or turner where a spatula is more like a broad dull knife.

Evidently this has some debate in the cooking world, of course:
http://www.ehow.com/info_8653294_difference-between-spatula-flipperturner.html#page=1

You might find a market for a Ti spreader type spatula too, for spreading peanut butter, jams, cheeses and the like.

The other Ti implement that I want is a knockoff of the Trangia T28 pot lifter to fit a Snowpeak Ti bowl.Trangia T28

Edited by dwambaugh on 02/27/2014 11:36:34 MST.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: titanium spatula on 02/27/2014 11:40:01 MST Print View

I'm loving it, Rob!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Dimensions, handle on 02/27/2014 12:24:15 MST Print View

The grid it was photographed against is made up of 1/2" squares. The spatula is ~ 7.5" long. The handle is not coated, just anodized as a side effect of heat treatment during shaping/bending. Would not get too hot to handle in normal use.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Dimensions, handle on 02/27/2014 15:01:11 MST Print View

If someone wanted a coating, a little "Plasti Dip" coating might work. As long as you don't leave the utensil to rest in the pan it usually isn't an issue.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Dimensions, handle on 02/27/2014 15:03:40 MST Print View

Is there anything like Plasti Dip that won't burn? How about a good high temperature paint?

--B.G.--

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
flexible? on 02/27/2014 15:11:58 MST Print View

Nice!!! is it thin enough to flex like a spatula?

It doesn't need any plastic on the handle.

Edited by zelph on 02/27/2014 15:13:53 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: handle insulation. on 02/27/2014 15:31:28 MST Print View

"Is there anything like Plasti Dip that won't burn? How about a good high temperature paint?"

I was thinking out loud so to speak. I think the paint would be so thin that it wouldn't do much. If you could find some thin silicone tubing, like the stretch bands used for exercise resistance, that might work. If you made the handle flat, you could sandwich some nice wood scales on it, but away we go with weight and cost. In reality I think I would just reach for the trusty bandana and leave it to shine in all it's naked Ti glory :)

Edited by dwambaugh on 02/27/2014 15:34:32 MST.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: handle insulation on 02/27/2014 17:30:19 MST Print View

This is what I did with my Mega Dig, to make it easy to grip without slicing my hands while digging in hard ground. I expect it would somewhat insulate the handle if it didn't get very hot. And I always know where to find some extra GlowWire cord if I need some.

Mega Dig cord wrap

But you say want silicone insulation? Small diameter silicone tubing would work too, but it wouldn't be multi-use. So here's the solution.




Ready?








Wait for it...







The soon-to-be-famous Rainbow Scunci Handle Wrap! You'll always know where to find a Scunci when you need one. (Didn't I try to tell you on that thread yesterday that Scunci power rules?). This photo is for you, Link.

Rainbow Scunci Mega Dig wrap

Edited by Zia-Grill-Guy on 02/27/2014 17:35:08 MST.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
More titanium spatula info on 02/27/2014 20:02:08 MST Print View

@Dan/zelph - it does flex, though not extremely springy; completely agree that no handle coating is required as titanium conducts heat poorly, and thin titanium cools quickly, and you will not be leaving it in a fire or even a hot pan for any length of time

@Gary/ZiaGrillGuy - trust a colorful guy like yourself to come up with the rainbow handle wrap

@all - if anyone wants one of these superb UL cooking implements, just order a Mega Dig and tell me you want a spatula, NOT a trowel in order comments

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: More titanium spatula info on 02/27/2014 20:40:52 MST Print View

"completely agree that no handle coating is required as titanium conducts heat poorly, and thin titanium cools quickly, and you will not be leaving it in a fire or even a hot pan for any length of time"

I wasn't concerned about heat so much, but I was concerned about tightly grabbing a very thin slice of metal with thin edges. That's why Plasti-Dip was mentioned.

--B.G.--

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: More titanium spatula info on 02/27/2014 21:47:34 MST Print View

No, Bob, that's why the Scunci was invented.

Jeremy Platt
(jeremy089786) - F

Locale: Sydney
Nice! on 03/02/2014 16:15:27 MST Print View

That thing is awesome, nice work!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Titanium spatulas now available - two sizes on 03/10/2014 10:16:45 MDT Print View

I got enough inquiries and requests to implement spatulas as a regular item. I've found a bending technique that enhances flexibility of the flipping end. Currently featuring an introductory price.

Now you can get either the Lil' Flip OR the Big Flip to match your backcountry gourmet needs. Find 'em at QiWiz.net

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Mods - please move thread to "Gear Deals" if that suits.

Edited by QiWiz on 03/10/2014 10:20:26 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Moved on 03/11/2014 03:24:35 MDT Print View

Hi Robert

Yeah, time to move. Done.
You are having a lot of fun with Ti sheet. Is it CP or 6Al4V?

Cheers

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Titanium alloys used at QiWiz UL Gear on 03/11/2014 05:54:06 MDT Print View

@ Roger -

Yes, having more fun with titanium than I ever imagined was possible. ;)

I do use CP titanium for windscreens, WindShields, ULtimate Esbit burners, hanging Esbit burners, and for the rods that are used for FireFly stove FlexPort door keepers and small/wide pot supports.

But trowels and stoves (and now spatulas) are made with either 6AL4V titanium or similar titanium alloys that I've been able to obtain.

Little Buck and MEGA Buck saws have no titanium in them. :(

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
QiWiz MODIFIED Spatula on 03/13/2014 06:31:04 MDT Print View

QiWiz MODIFIED Spatula was made for me by Robert that is essentially a custom shorter/lighter Big Flip. It has more surface area than a Lil' Flip AND is made of thicker Ti sheeting. It's a one-of-a-kind custom item made to my specs. Have yet to give this one a try but from all of it attributes I feel it is going to be winner!

.Spatula Comparision


SIDE BAR.........Since I do a lot of baking and frying I have used the Banks Alpine Fry-Bake Pan http://frybake.com/ now for over 25 years. Below is my set up at 9.7 ounces. (Putting this weight into perspective, last year on a eleven days BP &Pack Rafting on Isle Royal with the wife and four of my grandchildren (ages 10 -13) my Total Pack Weight was 22.3 pounds, of which was 5.5 lbs of pack raft. Lots of baking and frying were done by the girls during the trip for experience, to include a six pound Lake Superior Northern Pike that was given to us. This could have not been accomplished without the Fry-Bake Pan set up you see below:

Fry Set Up

Edited by KENLARSON on 03/13/2014 06:37:40 MDT.