Case Studies

Our wide range of alloys is used in a variety of applications throughout the engineering industry. Within our range we stock proprietary alloys – available only from Columbia Metals – which are widely specified in safety-critical and high performance applications demanding exceptional mechanical properties.

Our product mix is complemented with outstanding levels of customer service and technical support. This combination has led to hundreds of precision engineering companies relying on Columbia Metals as a valued and trusted supplier.

In this section, explore some recent applications of our products and understand why engineering companies choose to partner with Columbia Metals.



Drop Point Hunter Knife

With a lifelong passion for making knives, Clive Witton has relied on Columbia Metals as a supplier of nickel silver for almost 10 years. When...> Read more

Beryllium Copper

Timekeeping Balance Wheel

As an independent watchmaker, David Cottrell maintains a keen eye on metallurgical advances in order to ensure that optimal materials are used in his...> Read more


Chelsea Flower Show

The opportunity to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show – arguably the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the world – led...> Read more


Shakespeare's New Place

‘I say ‘tis copper’ - Henry IV, Part I [III, 3] On 20 August 2016 a ‘grand bronze-studded oak door,' as the...> Read more


Musical gongs

It was music to the ears of Columbia Metals when Philip James got in touch in search of nickel silver sheets to make a gong. Nickel silver has...> Read more

C106 copper tube

Rolls-Royce engine cylinder blocks

A passion for Rolls-Royce cars and an ambition to perfect the design of cylinder blocks are the twin engines of Kent-based Ameeco Engineering. The...> Read more


Motorcycle racing engines

The restoration of original MV Agusta racing motorcycles is a passionate interest of Mark Kay, the director of MV Meccanica Verghera. His company has...> Read more


Wooden yacht keel bolts

Andrew Edmonds, the proprietor of Compass Marine Yacht Surveys, was tasked with the almost complete rebuild of a 35m long wooden motor yacht...> Read more