There are many videos out there attempting to show off the amazing physical properties of tungsten rings. But what do they actually show, and what do they actually prove? The Tungsten Rings Guide seeks to answer these questions by going over the most easily found videos to separate out the good from the bad.
The Hammer Test
This video attempts to compare tungsten rings against platinum and titanium rings using a standard run-of-the-mill hammer. The claw end of the hammer is used to strike the edge of each ring 5 times. Well, the video is pretty self-explanatory so give it a shot. It runs long at close to 6 minutes, so feel free to fast forward a bit if you find your attention lagging.
Tungsten – 1, Platinum – 0, Titanium – 0
The Good and the Bad
I’ve gotta admit, watching that hammer strike the precious metal rings I had to cringe a little. I mean, platinum and titanium aren’t that great compared to tungsten, but that doesn’t mean I want to see them destroyed!
One thing I noted when watching this long long video was how easily the other two metals were dinged. It didn’t seem like the demonstrator was really hitting it as hard as he could. What this means is that the force required to ding platinum or titanium isn’t really that high. These rings are generally bought for really special occasions, like wedding bands or promise rings, so to see them that easily damaged really isn’t all that encouraging. If I had one of my most precious possessions damaged doing routine housework or while repairing something, I’d be pretty upset.
The tungsten ring, on the other hand, showed no damage whatsoever. I kinda wanted the demonstrator to show us the hammer at the end – I’d bet that it didn’t like coming up against tungsten! This means that a slip-up while working on some project or while nailing in a picture isn’t going to damage the ring. That’s encouraging to me. I’m not the handiest fellow, so anything to reduce the chance that I might damage a costly item is appreciated.
The Value of the Video
Where this video truly shines is in showing a clear comparison with a single test for multiple metals. We the audience can clearly see how much better the tungsten ring fares compared to the platinum or titanium pieces.
On the other hand, the length and dry tone of the video make it extremely tiresome to get through. I don’t know about you, but I found myself wanting to skip forward every couple of seconds.
The video was produced by a website looking to make a buck, too, so I’m sure they chose their best tungsten ring against some of the worse for the other two materials. I don’t think that that changes the outcome much, but you never know.
Overall, I’d give the video 3/5 stars. It’s educational but just too boring. You can’t learn anything if you fall asleep, after all.