All About Our Metal - Wingback

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June 24, 2021 2 min read 2 Comments

At Wingback we pride ourselves on sourcing the best raw materials from around the world – while minimising our impact on the environment at every step. Learn more about our metal below.

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From our knurled key fob to brushed steel hip flask, we use aerospace grade metal sourced from Europe, machined in Birmingham, and laser engraved, assembled and packaged in London.

Here’s everything you need to know about our metal.

Machining the brass Wingback mechanical pen


Brass is bold. Eye-catching yet understated, its mechanical properties make it ideal for machining and it ages impeccably well. Just like our leather hides, our brass products will patina, becoming more unique over time.

Our brass products will quickly look like a timeless heirloom, yet they can be polished back to their original condition with some Brasso.

For brass wear and care instructions, select your product here.

CNC machining our stainless steel hip flask


Stainless steel embodies strength. Robust and highly corrosion resistant, it is fractionally harder than brass – but lighter too. It will withstand almost anything you can throw at it without ever losing a shade of its original glory.

Our steel components won’t require additional care. However, some of our products require a quick clean before first use.

For stainless steel wear and care instructions, select your product here.


Tungsten carbide carbon finish on our Black Steel Wingback products


Black Steel rivals the exotic look of Damascus steel or titanium, with a sub-metallic lustre that reveals a glimmer of the steel beneath the surface.

It is applied using a technology called magnetron sputtering, where nano layers of tungsten carbide carbon are deposited onto the steel.

Our Black Steel items are made in Birmingham from stainless steel, finished by the above process in Cambridge and laser engraved, assembled and packaged in London.

It takes time, but so does anything worth holding onto.
Scratch resistant tungsten carbide carbon hip flask by Wingback


With a surface 9x harder than stainless steel, 3.5x harder than titanium and incredibly low friction, our Black Steel items will be scratch resistant to virtually anything you will put in your pocket.

Parts and mechanisms should never need to be maintained, let alone replaced. 
They will work as well for you today as they will for a grandchild who might inherit your collection in decades to come.

We release Black Steel in limited runs throughout the year. Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list using the form below for news of our next release.

Shop machined stationery, hip flasks and everyday carry by Wingback

You can shop the full Wingback Machined Collection here.

Now you know our metal, get to know our full-grain Tuscan leather here.

2 Responses

Charlie from Wingback
Charlie from Wingback

August 17, 2021

Hi John, great to hear you’re enjoying using our designs. A fountain pen is certainly on our radar. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to our newsletter below to keep up with new launches. Cheers!

John Oquendo
John Oquendo

July 18, 2021

Hi, I own some of your creations and enjoy them daily, I was wondering if you would ever make a fountain pen? Thanks

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