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Choosing the right plating can be confusing. Below is listed the various plating types with a description of each along with a wear rating. Review the plating information so that the plating you choose will be the correct one for you.

Wear Resistant Ratings:  
  • Each type of plating has a wear resistance rating that indicates the durability and longevity of the plating. A 1-1/2" star rating represents the majority of 24k value priced twist pens in the marketplace today. 24k pens are "flash" plated, or in other words the plating is extremely thin and in most cases is protected by a thin layer of epoxy. A Five star rating indicates the plating thickness and durability is such that it will not wear off at any time for any reason, such as Platinum. This grade of plating is typically used on "high-end" pens.

Rhodium-Platinum Series

Wear Rating: ****

  • Possibly nature's most brilliant and durable precious metal, Rhodium is used by the worlds premier pen manufacturers to plate their very finest pens. Rhodium is a member of the Platinum precious metals family, Rhodium sells for as much as $1,500.00 per troy ounce and it is unmatched in brilliance and durability. I guarantee the Rhodium and Platinum plating on my pens to last a lifetime or your money back.

Titanium-Gold & Black

Wear Rating: *****

  • Titanium plating is very popular as it offers superior wear resistance yet is less expensive than Platinum and Rhodium plating. Available in gold and black, I guarantee the Titanium plating on the pens I build to last a lifetime or your money back.


Wear Rating: ***

  • Chrome is an extremely long wearing plating capable of resisting everyday wear and tear.  Chrome gives you a shiney, rich look.

10k Gold

Wear Rating:  ***

  • This popular plating blends hard nickel and the beauty of gold together to form a brilliant plating that is durable.

Satin Series

Wear Rating: ***

  • Satin series pens undergo a special plating process that produces a matte finish that features a slight texture that looks and feels great. Satin plating comes in many different styles. This popular plating offers a unique alternative to traditional plating.

Black Chrome

Wear Rating:  ***

  • Black Chrome is a unique alternative to traditional platings that works extremely well with lighter color woods. It has a soft sheen and nice depth.

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Tactile Series

Wear Rating: ***

  • Tactile Series pens are finished with a special non-slip coating that gives the pen a rubber-like feel that makes it easy to hold and warm to the touch. The matte black finish works well with lighter colored materials.


Wear Rating: *

  • Copper offers a unique beauty and warmth that begs to be held. Copper is a soft metal by nature, these pens feature a durable epoxy layer on top of the copper plating to increase wear resistance. Remember a penny wears with time.

24k Gold

Wear Rating:  **

  • 24k gold is naturally soft and wears quickly. 24k pens feature a durable epoxy layer on top of the gold plating to increase wear resistance. 

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