M3 has been engineered to cut, carve, grind and sand smoothly and then polish to a hard, durable gem quality finish. The material is very stable and will hold the finest detail including threads. Any good epoxy glue will create a permanent bond with M3 and almost any other material including gem stones. Colours and patterns run completely through the material and the finished product is beautiful, lightweight, very strong, comfortable to wear and to touch and will last for many generations. M3 Mokume Blanks, are handcrafted to exacting standards in the USA. While the M3 proprietary process utilizes some very sophisticated equipment and scientific processes, the M3 Mokume wood grain patterns can only be produced by hand. Each blank is an individual work of art created by a master technician. The blanks are made to size in order to insure that the wood grain pattern is always in proportion and the “sweet spot” is just below the surface revealed by turning, carving or milling. While macro-molecular composites sharing many of the same properties of M3 Mokume are used in aerospace, marine and medical industries; M3 Composite Industries LLC (the company that owns MetalPenBlanks.com) is the only company in the world that produces them in a form that artisans and manufacturers can use to make luxury goods. Many of the processes used to create the wood grained patterns, colour changing and unique surface characteristics of M3 Mokume were invented at M3ci making these materials quite rare and desirable.