Are you ready to escape to nature? Outdoor activities are a favorite way for many of us to de-stress from our daily routine. Popular outdoor activities are the experience of a wonderful camping trip and a great night adventure. Of course, if we camp, we usually cook. There's nothing like fresh air with a healthy dose of nature to build a good appetite! In this article, I will highlight a brief history of titanium, an important ingredient now found in some lightweight camping cookware.
First, let us begin by understanding that titanium is a chemical element that you may have learned in a chemistry class, with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is the ninth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and the seventh in the most abundant metal. It is a glossy transition metal in a beautiful silver color, low density and the highest strength to weight ratio for any metal element. In its heterogeneous state, titanium is as strong as some steels, but it is less dense. Embarrassed! It is highly resistant to corrosion in sea water, aqua regia and chlorine. So, what does this have to do with camping cookware? We love titanium because it is lightweight in our packaging, it is exceptionally strong and represents a good investment, because it endures a long time.
Speaking of time, did you know that titanium was first discovered in Cornwall, Great Britain by William Gregor, deputy parish of creed and amateur geologist in 1791? Gregor realized a new element in the ilmenite when he found black sand by a gully in the nearby parish of Manacan. The sand seems to have been attracted by magnets, so Gregor analyzed the sand and determined the presence of two metal oxides: iron oxide and white metal oxide he could not identify. Gregor realized the results of his research to the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall and in the German science journal Creel Analyn, recognizing the unknown oxide that contains a mineral that does not match any known elements. It is interesting a few years later that oxide was independently discovered in 1795 by the Prussian chemist Martin Heinrich Klabroth, in what we now call Slovakia. Klaproth named the new element of powerful titans in Greek mythology.
Quickly into the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union pioneered the use of titanium in military applications and submarines as part of Cold War programs. Beginning in the early 1950s, titanium was frequently used in military aviation, especially in high-performance aircraft, such as the F-100 Super Saber, Lockheed A-12, and SR-71.
Recognizing the strategic value of titanium, the Pentagon supported early marketing during the Cold War. To the extent that a large stock of titanium was held by the National Defense Center for Stocks, it was finally exhausted in 2000. As of 2015, titanium sponge metal was produced in six countries: China, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, Ukraine and India ( According to the production order). So, there – who knew that titanium existed and valued around the world? We know today that it is a wonderful cooking companion on many of our outdoor trips.