Thaddy, on 02 November 2011 - 09:23 PM, said:
Dave, with your new CNC mill, will you be able to make similar necks with different offsets? For example, a plumbers neck with 1/2 shaft offset? I really like the clean look of that "center" shaft!
Yes, we will be adding a plumber neck with a half shaft offset to the modular hosel options. Similar to the way we tested prototypes on Tour with modified cut and TIG-welded modular center shaft over hosels, we have been doing the same with the 1/2-shaft offset plumber necks. But now we can do all the CAD CAM in house and experiment much faster and more efficiently with many different shapes, amounts of offset, lengths, etc. You can probably expect to see this model for 2012, and in a new length or two as well.
MPellow, on 02 November 2011 - 10:59 PM, said:
Couple of questions:
-What is the difference in terms of feel and durability between the 303 SS and the 1018 Carbon? And which would you recommend?
-Dare I ask, how much would I be looking at approximately for a damascus?!
-Is the liquid sapphire finish available to the public and if so, what sort of upcharge is it and what metal can it be applied to?
Thanks for your interest and questions.
303 is the most durable, and many customers believe ours is one of, if not the softest feeling around, due to the aggressive VMG grooves on our faces. There is less surface area contacting the ball, the grooves bite the surface of the ball and really feel soft, yet solid. 303 can be transformed by bead blasting, peening, scratching, with a torch, and other means, to change the color and brightness.
The 1018 Carbon steel is very soft yet solid feeling (more so than 303). It does require more maintenance though. Nickel plate is probably the most durable, followed by copper plate, but copper will tarnish (unless its treated with a dark patina or clear coat, which have their own unique maintenance needs). Hot Salts Gunmetal Blue finish is a great finish, looks beautiful, feels fantastic, but does need to be taken care of.
So, if you want looks and durability to go with a great feel, I would say either 303 in Morning Dew mist, Antique Charcoal (for a slightly darker and more interesting finish), on the lower maintenance side of the scale, or 1018 Carbon with Nickel plating on the best feeling side.
Our Damascus putters start at $1,250 for a M1A and go up depending on the number of Damascus pieces and other custom options.
We experienced some durability issues with the 3rd party supplied Liquid Sapphire finish, so we have decided not to offer it going forward (unless the supplier improves it to our satisfaction). It was applied only to Carbon steel putters.
Thanks again for your interest!