Information About The Aluminum We Use To Make Our Canes
The solid aluminum cane shafts are machined from 6061-T6 grade solid aluminum billet bar stock and hand polished to a mirror finish, then hard coat anodized. The knob handles are machined. The T handle and the C handles are forged. Hard coat anodizing is an electrochemical process that provides a surface that is wear resistant and leaves a smooth and hard surface free of imperfections, burrs and sharp edges.
Non-Anodized Polished Finishes
The non-anodized natural aluminum Stealth Walker series of canes are polished to a bright, very shiny surface finish. There is no anodized surface on this series of canes. The bright finish can be maintained by occasionally hand polishing with a good brand of aluminum polish such as Mothers brand.
Clear Anodized Finishes
During the hard coat anodizing process, a uniform aluminum oxide layer is formed on the surface that penetrates into the material. The hard coat anodizing process involves submerging the parts in a sulfuric acid bath for approximately one hour at approximately 32°F, with a density of approximately 30 amps. The cane surface is very smooth, corrosion resistant, and retains its highly polished, beautiful natural aluminum color.
The Black Grip Tech Powder Coating
The decision was made to finish the all new Stealth Walker canes with an innovative, flat-black Grip-Tech powder coating finish instead of the natural aluminum anodizing. This finish is absolutely amazing! It is a textured finish that provides an exceptional gripping surface, and it's extremely durable. There is no other cane finish like it anywhere. The clear natural anodized finished canes will be phased out due to the difficulty in getting the cane parts finished to match perfectly. These mismatches were caused by having clear anodizing done at different times for different cane parts. The Grip-Tech finish solves this inconsistency dilemma and also provides a unique non-slip grip on the handles and shaft.