The only thing that can scratch Sapphire is a harder material. Only a diamond rates higher on the Mohs scale. Although Sapphire can still shatter under strong pressure, we personally have never broken any.
HEIGHT-OPTIMIZED FOR PROPER LIFT-OFF & SENSOR TRACKING
SAPPHIRESKATES have a midpoint thickness of about 0.8mm, which results in the same tracking accuracy as stock mouse feet. The thickness of the center point is 1.1mm but SAPPHIRESKATES are much more rounded than PTFE skates. It's critical to consider the distance from the optical reference point to the mousing surface, rather than the feet thickness. What this means is that we measure and test SAPPHIRESKATES, accounting for the natural flex of the bottom plate, in addition to the natural elastic deformations of the mousepad.
You can compare Sapphire to glass with a water droplet test. The drop of water will sit on top of the sapphire surface, whereas it will spread out and wet the glass (higher wettability). This is part of the reason why sapphire has a feel that is incomparable to other materials. It is smooth, cool to the touch, and avoids the stickiness.
Starting with a pure single crystal of sapphire, it is then precisely cut using specialized tools to reach its intended shape. The surface is then diamond-polished to an extreme degree of smoothness. This manufacturing process differs compared to other mouse skates, including ceramic or glass, whose material can be cast using a mold of the substrate. Unlike glass, sapphire crystal's atoms are arranged in a perfectly repeating pattern. We made a shape that is highly flat while also being highly rounded. These are the world's first sapphire crystal mouse feet, and you won't find it anywhere else.
EZ APPLICATION: Each of the skates come with a powerful 3M adhesive pre-applied on top of a layer of virgin PTFE (yes, we are really using this as an adhesive release-liner), which sits within an airtight capsule. The goal is to provide a frustration-free stick-on experience without the annoyance of peeling off tiny individual sticker backing. However, many spare pieces of die-cut 3M adhesive are included for whenever you need them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ╲╱
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SAPPHIRESKATES?
Premium gaming mouse skates that are made of pure sapphire.
What's the point of them?
To deliver the most consistent glide that doesn't degrade over time.
Which mouses are compatible with SAPPHIRESKATES?
Just about any gaming mouse will work. The diameter is 7mm, which is the same diameter of the rear channel of the Logitech G Pro Superlight. You can check your own mouse to see if the 7mm diameter can fit within your mouse's recessed channel.
Some mice do not have a recessed channel. They still have a channel, but it's the same height as the rest of the mouse bottom, such as with the final mouse ultralight 2. In this case, you can put them anywhere on the mouse bottom.
Why are SAPPHIRESKATES so expensive?
This is a premium gaming product. The goal in developing it was to utilize the best
possible material. Sapphire has very unique properties but is also very expensive. The
cost of the material is extremely high for a product in the computer peripherals
industry. Comparatively, ceramic, glass, or PTFE are virtually free (if you only
consider material cost.) More importantly, the difficulty of working sapphire adds to
the cost: PTFE, glass, and ceramic can be cast using a mold. With sapphire, it must be
cut by a skilled gemcutter and then polished to reach its intended shape.
Can you get scratches on SAPPHIRESKATES?
They are virtually unscratchable. What this means: if two surfaces come in contact, the
softer material yields to the harder one. If enough force is applied, permanent
deformation occurs (scratches). Sapphire is an extremely hard material and it's highly
unlikely that you will encounter anything (except a diamond) that will scratch them.
Are they unbreakable?
Unscratchable != Unbreakable. With enough force, sapphire can crack beyond repair. If you are the type of gamer that is prone to slamming their mouse when raging AND you use a hard mousepad, then you risk breaking the skates. That being said, in all of our testing, we have yet to break any SAPPHIRESKATES, not even a crack.
Are there cracks in my skates?
As mentioned before, we haven't encountered cracks. We know it's possible , but
unlikely. However, it can sometimes appear as if there are cracks. More than likely,
it's because of the adhesive below not being evenly distributed, or there is debris that
is stuck to the skates.
What type of sapphire do you use specifically?
We use extremely pure synthetic sapphire crystal. You may be wondering "why not natural sapphire". But the reality is that synthetic sapphire is far from fake sapphire. It has the exact same structure is natural crystal but without imperfections. That is why synthetic sapphire crystal is almost always used in mechanical and optical applications. Natural sapphire is only used for the flex, as with jewelry. High-end watches like Rolex or Patek use synthetic sapphire crystal to protect the watch itself and use synthetic ruby-sapphire for the watch internal bearings.
What's the difference between Ruby and Sapphire?
Ruby and sapphire are the same mineral (Al2O3, crystalline aluminum oxide). Whether
produced in nature or in a lab, the ruby red color comes from a process called doping. A
dopant is another element that gives sapphire (and other Al2o3 crystals) their different
colors. In the case of ruby, the dopant is trace amounts of chromium. The reason why
watchmakers use dopants for sapphire bearings is because it's extremely easy to lose
sight of a clear crystal. Whether it's called a ruby or a sapphire somewhat depends on
purpose and industry.
What type of mousepad works best with SAPPHIRESKATES?
Soft and medium hardness mousepads work best. Since the skates themselves are rigid, these surfaces naturally flex elastically, and complement the rigidity of SAPPHIRESKATES. However, in terms of reducing friction, SAPPHIRESKATES perform quite well on any surface, even hard mousepads. We've even tried them on glass: if the glass is kept clean, it works great as the skates can glide nearly silently across the glass (just avoid slamming the mouse).