Stainless steel is probably one of the more popular metals around and for a good reason. Due to its versatility, as well as its durability and corrosion resistant qualities, you will find it being used for numerous applications. This particular type of steel can be found being used in the creation of various products, some of which include kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and even jewelry.
Stainless steel is actually an alloy that is composed primarily of low carbon steel and chromium. You may also find this metal with other elements in it to improve some of its qualities, such as molybdenum, nickel, and titanium to name but a few. While chromium is what essentially makes stainless steel “stainless”, the other additional elements help make it more malleable, durable, and reworkable.
There are three main stainless steel classifications, and these are austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic. These can be easily told apart by their series numbers, with astenitic stainless steel carrying the 200 and 300 series numbers. Both the ferritic and martensitic classes belong to the 400 series. The stainless steel that we commonly use here at Nameplates are in the 304 series, which is the most common stainless steel grade, and which has a composition of 18% chromium, 8% nickel, and is oftentimes referred to as the classic 18/8 stainless steel. We also carry 316 series stainless steel, which has additional molybdenum in it, helping raise its resistance to more types of corrosion. If you have other stainless steel alloys in mind, these can be made available upon request.
.018”, .030”, .050”, .062”, .125”
For more details on these thicknesses and what these are good for, check out our Material Specifications Page.