History Channel just showed a 1911 with "Melonite" coating...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by glocknut, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    The history channel is doing a special on Salt. I guess they have a coating that involves salt thats called Melonite? They are saying that the inside of a gun barrel coated with this stuff makes it run cooler because it reduces friction?

    Anyone ever heard of this coating before? I have heard about them freezing metal and other stuff down to near zero to allign the molecules but i have not heard of this coating before...

  2. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    wasn't there some dishes made out of Melonite some years back ?

  3. kingchip

    kingchip New Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    Marble Falls, Texas
    I think it's a topping for cantaloupe...
  4. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Yeah... :rolleyes::D;)

  5. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Melonite: Large juicy fruit grown in certain parts of Kansas?:D
  6. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Sam...they're making fun of me again.... :D:D:D:D;)

  7. big steve

    big steve New Member

    Aug 8, 2009
  8. I think that a Melonite is actually an alien life form from a planet that looks much like a cantaloupe or other melon like fruit.
  9. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Melonite is a telluride of nickel; it is a metallic mineral. Its chemical formula is NiTe2. It is opaque and white to reddish-white in color, oxidizing in air to a brown tarnish.

    It was first described from the Melones and Stanislaus mine in Calaveras County, California in 1866.

    Melonite occurs as trigonal crystals, which cleave in a (0001) direction. It has a specific gravity of 7.72 and a hardness of 1-1.5 (very soft).

    In the metal finishing industry, Melonite is a trademark referring to a molten salt bath nitrocarburizing process, similar to Tenifer. This process can be applied to steels to increase corrosion and abrasion resistance, and improve other surface properties.
  10. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Alpo beat me to the post.

    Melonite the the proprietary metal treatment has no relation to the mineral. The treatment is offered in several configurations in the USA. It and Tennifer are very similar. In fact I think I remember reading a post by a S&W or Walther USA senior engineer that they were in fact the same process with different names. Today, I seem to be finding that Tennifer still uses molten Cyanide and Melonite does not because of EPA restrictions.

    At the moment, I do not have time do do in depth research. There is often more than one way to do a job and get the same results. Both seem to be equivalent processes as far as results are concerned, regardless of chemistry.
  11. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Any idea who does this finishing on guns?

    Didn't somebody on this forum say something about Glock discontinuing their tennifer finish? Seems like i remember something said about it?

  12. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Alpo,you took a thread about Mike doing whatever to Melons and posted the answer ,tell me you didn't pull that right off the top of your head and had to look it up.
  13. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    I think that might have been Melamine dishes
  14. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I discovered, years ago, that being the "World's Greatest Authority" does not require you to know everything, as long as you know how to find out everything. :)
  15. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    How to present it.:eek::D

    It's all about presentation.;)
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