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Stainless Steel Knives

These days, most mass manufactured cutlery is made with stainless steel. Stainless steels contain at least 11% chromium, which bonds to the carbon to form a film that protects the iron from rusting and corrosion. The more chromium added, the more ‘stainless’ it becomes although even stainless steels are capable of corrosion over time in harsh environments (salt water is a prime example) Often wear resistant alloys are added to stainless steel that will improve edge life, but they are generally a bit harder to sharpen and have less edge life than carbon steels. But they stay shiny!