If you’ve ever found yourself in a discussion about engagement rings; you should run. There’s nothing worse to discuss than the choice of ring some guy is going to pick for his lady. It’s the equivalent to watching paint dry, only worse. Sometimes though, one must be cordial. At some point in your life you’ll find yourself in a position where you’re going to have to do something you might not always want to do. For illustration purposes; I happen to find myself at a BBQ the other day. As I was munching on my burger I happened to see a tungsten ring on the man’s hand who was hosting. To my own dismay, I unintentionally sparked up a conversation about tungsten carbide. I didn’t even know what tungsten was until we started talking. It was simply some ugly wedding band to me.
He informed me alright; for the better part of an hour this guy told me all about tungsten. I know more about tungsten carbide now than I ever wanted to know. I know enough now to even write an article about it to post on the internet. Let me tell you though, this guy hated on tungsten rings like he was a gold provider. He swore he was in the import export business but now I’m not so sure. It was as if tungsten carbide was his ex wife.
There were two crucial points about tungsten that he emphasized I remember; for the day I have to go out a pick a ring myself. He told me that tungsten itself is advertised as a metal such as gold or platinum but in reality it’s a ceramic. I thought to myself; “who cares” but then he went on to explain that it being a ceramic and not a metal means that tungsten rings sold are hard and won’t scratch, but are brittle. He said; “Google it.” If you drop the ring or if it slips from your hand and lands on a hard texture, it could very well break in two.
The second point he demanded that I always remember is that tungsten can be seen as a health hazard. Reportedly if you ever find yourself in the emergency room with a tungsten ring on a swelled finger the doctors there may have a difficult time removing it. See; usually with normal rings they’ll use a type of saw to cut the ring off without much problem. With a tungsten ring unfortunately; it’s a bit different. A vice like tool is necessary to crack the ring off of you instead and unfortunately not every hospital carries one. Find yourself in the wrong hospital and you may very well have yourself a very bad night
By the end of the discussion I darted out of there as quick as possible. I ate a couple burgers, a hotdog some ribs and left. Not before I cordially let the host; chew my ear off though. It was the correct thing to do. Free food for conversation; even if it’s killing me to stand there and listen.