Abstract The glass forming ability (GFA), nanohardness H n and Young’s modulus E of ternary alloys in the compositional series Cu 60Hf 40− x Ti x ( x = 5–35) are reported and discussed. Bulk glass formation was observed for the three alloys x = 17.5, 20 and 22.5, with critical rod diameters d c for a fully glassy structure of 4, 4 and 3 mm, respectively. A d c of 4 mm was also observed for the Cu 55Hf 25Ti 20 alloy. These compositions generally had the highest values of reduced glass temperature while no correlation was observed between the GFA and the parameter Δ T x . Both H n and E surprisingly showed minima at ∼20 at.%Ti for the Cu 60Hf 40− x Ti x series. The addition of 1 at.%B or Y to the Cu 60Hf 22.5Ti 17.5 alloy slightly decreased the GFA but slightly increased the elastic modulus.