The corrosion resistance of iron-chromium was first recognized in 1821 by French metallurgist Pierre Berthier, who noted their resistance against attack by some acids and suggested their use in cutlery. Metallurgists of the 19th century were unable to produce the combination of low carbon and high chromium found in most modern stainless steels, and the high-chromium alloys they could produce were too brittle to be practical.
In the beginning, stainless steel was sold in the US under different brand names like “Allegheny metal” and “Nirosta steel.” Even within the metallurgy industry the eventual name remained unsettled until 1921 when one trade journal called it “unstainable steel.” In 1929, before the Great Depression hit, over 25,000 tons of stainless steel were manufactured and sold in the US.
Stainless steels are most notable for their corrosion and staining resistance, which increases with increasing chromium content. This resistance, the low maintenance, and familiar luster make it an ideal material for many applications where both the strength of steel and corrosion resistance are required.
The alloy of stainless steel we use is extremely tough and corrosion resistant and should last for generations, taking any abuse you can give it while still looking great. It has a brighter silver color than titanium which has a little more gray to it.
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