Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril

This is very, very cool.

There's a Kickstarter project working on  space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies. 

One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond.

It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator.

They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver;

A metallurgist with 25 years in the field has said that the new alloy has some “interesting” properties. There is a strange ‘crystallization’ to the metal once it cools. We don’t really know why; or what this means. It needs study. There is other ‘stuff’ about this alloy which lead in some exciting directions, but as yet, we have not explored those.

In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.)

For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret.  Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings;
  • Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed.
  • Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material.
  • Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece.
  • Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint."
  • Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information.
  • Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead.
  • Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history.
  • Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids.

The full story is on the Liftport site,

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WOW !! I want a chain shirt, how long you think the wait will be? ;)
Kiteman (author)  RedneckEngineer4 years ago
Never mind the wait - the deposit for a pair of rings is $2000, so how much would the thousands of rings in a shirt cost?
Like the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, deposit a penny in your bank account, and by the time your shirt is ready, the operation of compound interest will be such that the fabulous cost of said shirt will be paid for - maybe... Depending on your starting age, you may well have to will it to those great great grandkids.

On a slightly different note, though, how much closer are we to "The One Ring"..?

I had my wedding ring enscribed with the elvish script form "The Ring." My wife was quite amused

as for the penny idea, all interest will be utterly consumed by inflation, sadly.
I think I remember Frodo's shirt being worth more than the entire Shire, although he didn't know that.
clearly I haven't gotten enough sleep. I meant Bilbo's shirt, that was later given to Frodo. ughhhhhhhhhh
iceng Kiteman4 years ago
Mithril the wondrous magical material that saved Frodo from great harm
is an everlasting metal mail light as a fabric stronger than any middle
earth weapon never tarnishes or reacts with environmental elements
and is comfortably wearable directly over Hobbit skin

How easily do Mithril rings engrave or re-size as one's phalanges
grows FAT  or OLD frail and THIN ? ? ! ! ? ?

Wow. That's a lot of money.
PKM4 years ago

The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information.


If the original customer was an engineer, my money's on Unobtanium :)

While we're on the subject, a CNT ring may be out of the question but how practical would a carbon fibre ring be?  It can't be that hard to make (cut a slice out of a racing bike frame :P) but would it be hard wearing enough to keep on your fingers daily?
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