TiCN Coating

Titanium CarboNitride (TiCN) coating is a process that infuses a very thin (.0001”-.0002”) layer of TiCN into the surface of high speed steel tools. The coating is extremely hard and “slippery”. Because of these characteristics, it offers better surface finishes and at least twice the tool life of uncoated high speed steel.

Titanium Nitride (TiN), “gold” coating, has also been used for years in this role, but isn’t as useful for cutting tools as TiCN. TiCN is a light-to-dark grey coating, sometimes with a pink tint.

We offer TiCN coating of individual reamers @ $18.00 each, with discounts available for higher volumes.

Doubling the life of a $100.00 reamer for an additional $18.00 seems a good bargain to us, but may not be appropriate if you’ll only use a reamer a few times. If, however, you cut a lot of, say, 308 Win chambers, the extra cost begins to make sense. (For more information see FAQ “High Speed Steel, Carbide and TiCN Coating”).

Let us know if you’d like your next reamer TiCN coated and we’ll be happy to oblige.


How Do I Deal With Chatter?

The thought of reamer chatter during chambering strikes fear in the heart of even the most experienced gunsmith. This condition can ruin an expensive barrel and add unnecessary cost to what should have been a profitable job. With many possible causes of chatter, it’s not unusual for several to be present at one time. Please review our article Chatter on the types, causes, and cures of chatter for help troubleshooting this problem.

Gunsmithing Lessons

Questions we get from customers generally fall into two categories: (1) Specifications of the tools we make and/or how they’re designed to be used and (2) Gunsmithing/machining techniques.

Because we’re toolmakers, NOT gunsmiths, we’re happy to answer questions in the first category; questions in the second category cause us problems.  As a service-oriented company, we want to provide answers to our customers, but aren’t set up to provide instruction in basic gunsmithing/machining techniques.

Our products are highly technical in nature–their successful use requires certain basic levels of machining and gunsmithing knowledge.  We can provide information about our products, but can’t really bring the novice machinist to the skill level needed for firearms work. The beginner is much better off seeking instruction from schools set up to provide this type of education or reading gunsmithing books such as “The Complete Illustrated Guide to Precision Rifle Barrel Fitting” by John Hinnant found in our catalog.

We’ll continue to provide information on all our products, but hope you’ll understand if we refer you to other authorities for questions outside our area of expertise.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Our company has grown to the point that an improved site was clearly needed to answer your gunsmithing needs more efficiently. You will find a great deal of helpful information and answers to your questions throughout the site. But rest assured that the same dedicated staff stands behind our new look, waiting to provide the tools you need in your work. We look forward to serving you!

Dave Manson