How to Know if it’s Steel or Stainless Steel

Posted: May 15, 2014


It can be difficult to know the differences between stainless steel and steel. Here are a couple of facts and tips so you can tell the difference.

Stainless Steel
– Also known of inox steel coming from the French word inoxydable.
Stainless steel does not easily corrode, rust or stain like regular steel does.
– Not a good conductor for electricity
– Not usually magnetic
– Used for cookware, razors, oil rigs, surgical tools, jewelry, appliances, automotive, aerospace, Chrysler building in NY
– 100% recyclable
– There are many types of stainless steel (17-4 stainless, 300 series stainless, 304 stainless, 310 stainless, 316 stainless, 321 stainless, and 400 series stainless).
– Stainless steel is great for high temperature applications because it is a very hard metal
– Stainless steel makes up the St.Louis arch

Steel
– Steel is magnetic, making it easier to separate steel from waste garbage.
Steel is the most recycled metal in the world
– Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon
– Used in appliances, railroads, medical equipment and other construction projects
– Steel can be recycled without losing strength.
– More than 14 million cars were recycled in 2006, which were in turn recycled to create 13.5 million new ones
– Steel framing and doors in homes last about 3 times longer than wooden frames and doors. They also protect against fires and damage from other natural disasters.
– Steel is magnetic.

So how do you know if you have steel or stainless steel?
If you have a magnet try to stick it to your metal. If it sticks you will more than likely have steel, if it does not stick than you have stainless (worth more). 

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