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Surgical Stainless steel


#1

Does anyone know what grade of stainless steel is usually called
"surgical", and does it contain nickel? –

Kevin  (NW England,  UK) 

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#2

There are a variety of SS grades referred to as surgical… The
one I use the most is 17-4 ph the ph stands for percipitate
hardening… heat treats at 900deg.F for one hour… and
polishes up really well… Best Wishes Bob

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#3

i do a lot of work in surgical stainless steel and it is 316L
grade stainless… here is the specifications of 316L stainless
i found on one of my supplier’s website…

The type analysis is:

   Carbon 0.03% max
   Manganese 2.00% max
   Phosphorus 0.045% max
   Sulfur 0.030% max
   Silicon 1.00% max
   Chromium 16.00/18.00% max
   Nickel 10.00/14.00% max
   Molybdenum 2.00/3.00% max

hope that helps ya out…

David Basile
Gen-X Jewelry
www.gen-xjewelry.com