PVD Coating Service

Current turn around time for this service: 2 months (note that this is only an estimate and times may vary).

Knife PVD, DLC coating service
PVD Blade: 120″ of wood, 500 ft. of cardboard, 43 ft. of carpet Cerakote Blade: 40″ of wood, 20 ft. of cardboard, 13 ft. of carpet

I am very excited to finally be providing this new coating service in 2017! While Cerakote is a good option for many knives, but in my own testing it is not nearly as durable (wear & scratch resistant) as the new PVD coating we now offer. I have tested and compared many many different DLC coatings to this specific PVD and not only is it superior to most of them but it was MUCH more consistent in finish. 

A little about the coating: ‘PVD’ stands for Physical Vapor Deposition and is a coating process that basically uses a vacuum chamber in which certain metals (aluminum, titanium, chromium, etc) are vaporized (using heat or sputtering with ion bombardment) which combine with a reactive gas and are then deposited physically onto the surface of the item being coated. This results in a very thin, very hard, self-lubricating coating. 

Knife PVD coating service: satin beadblasted blade on left, matte sandblasted blade on right. 

 

This PVD is only 2-5um (microns) thick (which is roughly 1/5th as thick as Cerakote) and much, much harder at approximately 3,500 hv (or estimated at 90+ hrc for those of us into knife hardness values). It also has a very low coefficient of friction (.17). While not designed for corrosion protection, our PVD was designed with corrosion inhibition built into the coating. Independant lab testing was done according to ASTM B117 standards, which is done in a salt fog chamber at 95°F with a 5% salt solution in the fog (it is important to note that ocean water is only around 3.5%). Our PVD lasted between 120+ hours before any hint of corrosion began to take place, and even then it was minimal. So while it may not be as good as Cerakote (when the Cerakote hasn’t worn off of the high spots that is), it is WAY more than enough protection for every day carry of a pocket knife or even a chopper that won’t be seeing oil for a while. 

Quick notes:
* The only 2 ‘downsides’ to PVD are that the processing temps are around 350°F (so make sure it won’t affect your blade’s ht) and it’s only available in one color – black. Also, the max size on this service is around 28″ long
* PVD takes on the finish of the metal, it will not cover or hide any scratches, wear, or inconsistencies in the metal. If you want your parts to look new again then they will need to be refinished prior (either satin finished,  or sand/bead blasted) which we can take care of as needed (pricing for these services is found here at the bottom of the page).
* Satin finish wears the best as the matte finishing will show scuffing/burnishing more easily (just as a bare sandblasted blade would)
* We do have a $20 minimum that will apply to small orders.

PRICING

Fixed Blades – blades can only be coated if handle can be completely removed.
* blade must be bare metal to be coated, we provide sandblasting, bead blasting, or satin finishing – please contact for pricing (or click here and scroll to the bottom of the page).

  • Up to 4.9″ overall length – $40
  • 5″-9.9″ overall length – $65
  • 10″-13.9″ overall length – $90
  • 14″-17.9″ overall length – $110
  • 18″-21.9″ overall length – $140
  • 22″-28″ overall length – $180
  • Scale screws – $15
  • Disassembly/reassembly of handle – starts $5 or you can do this yourself. If screw(s) are stuck or need to be replaced then there will be an additional fee. 
  • Stripping off the existing paint will cost extra as only bare steel can be coated (knives such as Busse, Becker, Esee, etc.): $6/inch of overall length and includes bead or sandblasting depending on the look you want. 

Folders (single color) – see “package deal” below for price on an entire folder! Note that only metal components can be coated and these prices only include folders with blades up to 5″ in length.
* blade must be bare metal to be coated, we provide sandblasting, bead blasting, or satin finishing – please contact for pricing (or click here and scroll to the bottom of the page).

  • Blade only (up to 5″) – $40
  • Scales only – $50
  • Single scale only – $35
  • All hardware (pocket clip, screws, spacers, etc) – $40
  • Package deal (entire folder: blade/scales/hardware. Note: if liners AND scales then add $20) – $120
  • Disassembly/reassembly/lube – $30 for most knives, or you can do this yourself and send me the parts. The thumb stud will need to be removed as well.