Stainless steel is an alloy of Chromuim, Nickel and Iron
different grades of stainless steel have different amounts of Nickel
and chromuim 316 Stainless steel has 12 percent Nickel, 18 Percent
Chromuim and the remainder is iron. In the higher grades of stainless
steels the percentage of chromuim and nickel is increased to provide
increased corrosion resistance.
Is it not the nickel (also) in sterling silver which produces allergic
reations in some people…and surgical steel is an alloy made mostly of
stainless steel. What is in stainless steel, however, I would like to
According to my 2,347 pages Unabridged Webster, stainless steel is alloyed
with chromium, virtually immune to rust and corrosion.
As opposed to other varieties of steel that might contain nickel or
manganese - this is the way I understand it.
Evidently chromium does not cause allergic reaction. (I thougth surgical
steel is stainless steel - for exactly the above criteria. No rust, no
corrosion, no allergy)