Tungsten is considered one of the hardest metals found on our beautiful planet earth. It rates high on the Mohs scale of hardness and is found in many products and instruments in many industries. There’s one catch however; men’s tungsten wedding bands and tungsten rings are also considered astonishingly brittle. Do you really want to take the chance with Triton tungsten? We all know that traditional metals like gold and cobalt are highly valued as well as aesthetically pleasing so why even bother with something that has the possibility of cracking?
The reality that it’s brittle isn’t even the worst of it. If a person happens to have an accident or an occurrence where his or her ring finger swells while their tungsten ring is on, doctors at hospitals will have a very difficult time removing it without the right tools. Other rings, such as gold and cobalt can be removed with a typical saw like instrument that will literally cut the metal.
Tungsten however, needs to be cracked off which requires a special vice like tool, which not every hospital carries. So, the brittleness works against you in everyday life, (remember to try and not drop the thing) and the hardness works against you in an crisis. Really sounds like a win-win.
Another pitfall of tungsten carbide rings is that they are not re-sizable. I know it’s rare but just imagine if you gained a little weight throughout the years after you wed, with tungsten rings snug on your finger. You wake up one day to the knowledge that if you get any fatter, the Triton tungsten will literally be cutting off the circulation to your finger. If decide to get it resized, if you can still get it off your finger without damaging it; good luck. You’re better off just fracturing the thing and getting a new one because tungsten rings aren’t one size fits all.
One final and brief thing I’ve come to know about tungsten carbide is that it’s literally toxic. Sure, a simple ring will most likely not kill you but breathing in tungsten carbide dust can lead to fibrosis. You make the decision. You can go with the hazardously hard yet relatively brittle tungsten ring that you won’t be able to resize if and when the time comes, or you can make a better decision. I’m not one to tell you which way to choose, but the information is out there to read. All one has to do, is the required research to find the truth.
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