According to Consul John M. Savage, who is stationed at Sheffield, England, a firm in that city has introduced a stainless steel, which is claimed to be non-rusting, unstainable, and untarishable. This steel is said to be especially adaptable for table cutlery, as the original polish is maintained after use, even when brought in contact with the most acid foods, and it requires only ordinary washing to cleanse.
“It is claimed;” writes Mr. Savage in the Commerce Reports, “that this steel retains a keen edge much like that of the best double-sheer steel, and, as the properties claimed are inherent in the steel and not dues to any treatment, knives can readily be sharpened on a ‘steel’ or by using the ordinary cleaning machine or knife board. It is expected it will be a great boon, especially to large users of cutlery, such as hotels, steamships, and restaurants.
“The price of this steel is about 26 cents a pound for ordinary sizes, which is about double the price of the usual steel for the same purpose. It also costs more to work up, so that the initial cost or articles made from this new discovery, it is estimated, will be about double the present cost; but it is considered that the saving of labor to the customer will more than cover the total cost of the cutlery in the first twelve month.’
Image: The announcement, as it appeared in the 1915 New York Times, of the development of stainless steel in Sheffield, England.
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