If you're reading this blog, you've either already purchased stainless steel pegs, or you're probably weighing up which ones to buy. You may even be wondering why you can get stainless steel pegs on eBay for a few $$, but marine grade is so much more expensive.
The answer lies in the composition of the stainless steel. You see not all stainless steel is created equal. There are different grades made up of different components. And they all serve a different purpose and have different resistance to corrosion.
Take 304, for instance, also known as 18/8 food grade stainless steel. Most good water bottles are made from this grade of steel. Although 304 is a slightly lower cost corrosion resistant option, 316 grade offers a far superior corrosion resistance and is specifically designed for salty conditions, i.e. close to the ocean (it is, for instance, used on oil rigs).
304 grade stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel while 316 grade stainless steel contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum, which is added to help resist against corrosion by chlorides (like sea water).
Living on the Gold Coast and having seen the effects of the sea breeze on different metals, we opted for the best of the best. Our 316 marine grade stainless steel pegs won't rust, are made to last and, hopefully (if you don't lose them), be passed down to the next generation. We also have a large boating community that use our pegs and love them for their durability and strength (2.0mm preferred here).
We trust you will love them too!
Now for the 201 grade. Yes, it doesn't quite have the same durability as the marine grade, but it's still stainless steel and more importantly, it's not plastic. Just like 304 and 316 grade, 201 is also an Austenitic non-magnetic chromium nickel steel. Type 201 contains 16%-18% chromium, 3.5%-5.5% nickel and 5.5%-7.5% manganese (providing corrosion resistance).
Comparing it to the 304 grade, the lower nickel content makes it more affordable with no loss of resistance to corrosion in most applications. Fun fact, most fry-pots are made from 201 grade stainless steel. All-in-all, 201 grade stainless steel provides a similar quality to 304 grade stainless steel.
So what's the real difference?
Well, 316 grade is made for salty conditions, ie. you can leave it outside close to the ocean or at sea and it won't rust or break. The 201 grade sock hanger, however should be brought inside after use and not left outside overnight or in the rain.
So that's the technical side of that. If you have any other questions, feel free to send us an email or DM us on social media. If you're ready to buy some pegs that are made to last, click here.