You may consider to purchase stainless products, but are they all the same? – Chef Al’s Restaurant Equipment Tips
Not all stainless steel is of the same quality and composition. The more nickel and chrome in the base steel alloy, the harder and more durable it is. Consequently, it is more expensive to machine and polish. Stainless steel flatware is made from one of several different alloys. The most commonly used alloys are 304, 410, 420 and 430.
In addition to steel, the alloy 304 contains the durability of 18% chrome and the soft luster of 8% nickel. This rich blend of chrome and nickel provides maximum rust and corrosion protection. 18/8 stainless is regarded most highly and is found in the finest stainless steel flatware. In Europe, an 18/10 composition is used, which is equivalent to U.S. standard 18/8.
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