March 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM
By Brent W
Brent WSt George, UT
Can anybody tell me how long the finish stays on the sole of the wedges? Does it come off with the first few swings? And how hard are they to take care of? Thanks
Ryan CryslerWest Palm Beach, FL
The high contact sole area will probably wear over time into a silver dark look. The Black Oxide finish is much hardier than the black nickel though.
Tyler HAppleton, WI
Thanks for the info Ryan
Christopher TSapulpa, OK
I like the look of those Black Oxide finish wedges. It catches the eye and still keeps a classic look. nice job Mr. Vokey, you have a real winner with this one.
Yes thank you.
I have hit about 150 balls with a new Black Oxide 60* coc wedge. About 100 of them have been from bunker practice. The Black has faded and it is a dark grey/silver (matte not shiny) finish. I guess that makes sense because, it's not like it is chrome underneath. Hopefully it will rust.
Wow 1 shot out of the sand and the finish is gone! I was led to believe it would last for a little while, But it comes off with ease:( I am at the least a little disappointed but it is the way it plays that is important. At least they looked good when I first got them.
Eesh... The Oil Can wears off, but it takes a couple of rounds. I was really thinking of getting the black oxide for my next wedge.
Tim TigerTucson, AZ
Mine are wearing nicely. The face and sole are showing wear, but not bad at all.
They are very good looking at address I just thought the sole would wear a little better.
Brad MMagnolia, AR
I just ordered two of the black oxide wedges yesterday. I'm looking forward to getting them. The rep from the Vokey shop was super nice and very helpful with the few questions I had.
stephen pBoynton Beach, FL
Looks to me like the black finish was painted on. Not sure about the "black oxide" coating, so here goes. First the substrate is a low carbon steel, maybe 1020-1040 alloy. Second the coating could be electro plated hard nickle (prefered). Next the other methode of plating is called Ion plating accomplished in a vacuum system. Critical requirements are cleaning, chemicals and electrical connection. It will be difficult to keep any of these platings from waring.
Suggestion use black chrome electroplated coatings. Similar to the std chrome traditional coatings. Chrome plating will give the best performance as far as ware goes but its not forever.
Titleist Clubs - CS LeadCarlsbad, CA
Black Oxide is a coating similar to the Oil Can but more rust resistant. It is a raw wedge and will start to show wear after continued play. Playing in harsher conditions will expedite this process. Keeping your wedge dry and clean after each round is the best way to care for it.
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