The Titans are extremely durable and very well weighted, and the bead design plays, feels, and looks amazing.
Measuring 19mm by 19mm and weighing in at 17g per bead. They come with several extra strings, a fist full of stickers, a canvas carry bag, an info card, and a slick little gift box. The Titan design is the result of months of development, multiple prototypes, and hundreds of hours of play testing with feedback from players all around the world. As part of our commitment to help grow and develop the begleri community, we have priced them to be accessible. We wanted to make a top notch begleri set available to any committed player.
These are serious begleri for serious players. We've made no compromises at all on this product. Grade 5 Titanium is one of the most durable materials available, and the density of titanium allows for a large bead without being overweight. As with any begleri, you can expect them to "age" over time. Grade 5 Titanium tends to darken slightly with regular handling and is much harder than Aluminium and most other metals, but it will still scratch and ding when dropped. We expect the Titans to be smashed together and dropped repeatedly, and you'll find that they eventually develop a bit of additional texture that helps with the bead control. As you gain control and drop them less, the constant hammering and handling may lead to a glossier appearance. Rather than trying to keep them looking new, treat it as a process of cultivation, reflecting the hours of play you've put into them. The weight and shape of the titans make them excellent for advanced tricks like rolls and wraps that require momentum and stability. Colours may not be exactly as shown, and look different in different lighting. There may be slight blemishes, and some are lighter or darker than others.. We've manually pulled out any significant flaws in our quality control process, but we haven't concerned ourselves with minor discolourations, because once they are out of the box you're going to be hammering them and dropping them.
About the PVD coating: Titanium can be anodised like Aluminium, but the range of colours is limited, and the anodised finish is similar in durability to that of anodised aluminium. Physical vapour deposition (PVD) coating is a process that creates a much more robust colouring. In addition, because titanium is much harder than aluminium, scratches and nicks are less likely to show up. In general, the PVD coatings "age" more gracefully than anodised Aluminium. Aroundsquare works to identify and use the best available materials and processes, but all colours are prone to wear after extended use and drops. Players literally beat these beads against each other for hours each day. The colourings are not painted on, and do not "chip", but they are very thin, and will show scratches and nicks over time, especially if dropped on rough surfaces like concrete.