Which metal should I use?
Good question. There are many options to consider and take a bit of time to figure out.
Here are some general rules. Please take the time to learn about each metal type before you commit to your purchase.
One should not mix Plated Steel and Stainless Steel products. This can cause Galvanic Corrosion, an electrochemical process which can excel stress corrosion cracking.
Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_corrosion
Plated Steel products are suited for industrial and rigging applications, indoor use and very dry climates.
Stainless Steel (304) products have been the standard in the USA for wet climates, but have recently been discouraged by the UIAA.
Duplex/PLX, HCR Stainless Steel products are now recommended by the UIAA for all outdoor use, especially limestone climbing areas and or near marine environments.
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