Stainless steel is one of the most common materials found in kitchens today. It’s used in everything from appliances to cookware, dishware, flatware and utensils because it is durable, easy to sanitize and corrosion resistant to various acids found in meats, milk, fruits and vegetables and requires minimum maintainance. Most importantly, stainless steel is a safe option when it comes to use with food and beverage, as there are no chemicals that can migrate into your food from these products.
Also known as ‘18/8’ stainless steel, ‘304’ in the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) grade designation system or 1.4301 in the European BS EN 10088 standard is an ‘austenitic’ type of stainless steel. The steel is non-magnetic with 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon giving it good strength and excellent corrosion and oxidation resistance. Because of its ability to withstand the corrosive action of various acids found in food items, the type 304 is used for sinks, tabletops, refrigerators and numerous other utensils such as cooking appliances, pots, pans, and flatware.
The numbers are simply used to illustrate the percentage of two main ingredients used to manufacture cutlery, chromium and nickel content present in the stainless steel.
’18/8′ is the most commonly used stainless steel and contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.’18/10′ is a designation used on some cutlery and holloware as an alternative to ’18/8′.
Chromium is a metallic substance which makes the product tough whereas, Nickel enhances the corrosion resistance, as well as provides a silver-like shine finish to the product. The higher the nickel content, the stainless steel is more rust resistant and has a shinier surface.
The AISI 300-series of stainless steel that we use to produce our products has high chromium content and nickel is also added. The nickel modifies the physical structure of the steel and makes the product theoretically non-magnetic.The high quality, non-magnetic stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, assuring that you can cook directly on it.
The 18% chromium content used in the stainless steel of our products provides corrosion and oxidation resistance. This gives the Austenitic stainless steel the ability to withstand the corrosive action and resists most of the oxidizing acids that are found in fruits, meats, milk, and vegetables etc. This high corrosion resistant steel is used as our milk and cream dispensers, kitchenware storage equipment’s and cooking appliances such as pots, pans, flatware etc.
The high-grade stainless steel used to manufacture the double wall style products acts as an insulating layer that keeps the exterior cool and retains the temperature of your beverage, making a coaster useless. The Double Wall product construction makes the product stable and durable.