Phosphorus Cube 94%

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Phosphorus Cube 94%

110.00

2018's first addition in our density cube lineup, and the 61st by number, is phosphorus. This useful element has come afoul of US regulations because it has unfortunately been found to be a key ingredient in making meth. So thanks to low rent junkies the procurement of this otherwise basic element is artificially difficult and expensive to acquire.

Typically seen as the dark red strip on matchbooks, phosphorus comes as a red powder that looks like pulverized terracotta and smells like garlic bread. Unlike the clay that it looks like it decidedly doesn't want to be formed into shapes. Merely clumping it together works much the same way as does dry sand. For this reason the making of this cube required use of a binder from which a mixture could harden. Afterwards it was a relatively straight-forward approach to saw it down to size. Since the tensile strength remains quite low getting the edges and corners to maintain sharpness took some trial and error and involved careful attention on a lapping machine.

Note also the many trapped bubbles give the finished pieces a somewhat brick-like appearance. The addition of the binder constitutes an estimated 6% of the bulk - an overall trivial amount.

Each cube weighs approximately 1.6 grams

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