Today, the majority of manicure sets are made of stainless steel. So it's easy to believe that any stainless steel is a sign of quality. However, not everyone may be aware that there are over 3,500 grades of steel which determine the strength and durability of the final product.
Only stainless steel of particular quality can guarantee sharpness and precision of manicure instruments so they last a lifetime.
What Is Steel
Let's start by understanding what steel is. Steel is an alloy that consists of iron and carbon. Iron, the major component of steel, is naturally unstable and is prone to corrosion when it comes in contact with water or oxygen. Acidic or salty environments also cause the steel to revert to its original form – iron oxide - which is susceptible to rusting.
To resist its ability to rust, modern technologies offer various solutions.
The most popular solution is when chromium is added to iron to produce stainless steel. Chromium is known for combining with oxygen and forming a fine invisible layer on the steel. Even if a metal is scratched or cut, chromium is able to repair the exposed surface by forming more oxide and protecting the steel from corrosion. This makes steel stain “less” and allows wider use, from kitchen knives to manicure instruments.
Plated steel is another popular solution commonly used in manicure instruments as it allows cleanability and improves wear. Nickel or chrome-plated instruments can be almost as effective as stainless steel. However, never leave manicure instruments made of plated steel in a wet or humid environment (e.g. bathroom) because they can rust.
Also, make sure you are not allergic to these elements since nickel and chrome can cause reactions on a sensitive skin.
Hot Forged Or Cold Forged Steel?
|You may come across the terms “hot forging” vs “cold forging” describing the quality of steel. Forging is a metal shaping process and depends on the temperature used to form a metal piece into a certain shape. Hot forging - the metal is heated almost to its melting point so it changes its molecular structure. The extreme heat increases the hardness of steel and makes it less likely to fracture. The higher the hardness, the longer a tool will keep its sharpness and cutting properties without the blades becoming dull.|
Hot forged manicure instruments are considered to be of the highest quality. Cold forging - the process is done at (or nearly) room temperature and does not cause any structural changes of steel, thus maintaining its original characteristics. Cold forging production involves several mechanical processes, such as bending, coining and punching, which are most often performed by industrial machines. Therefore, cold-forged steel is more economical.
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Remember that all that glitters is not gold.
Stainless steel is a generic name for many corrosion resistant alloys used in steels. Therefore, not every stainless steel quality guarantees great performance of the product, whether it is a nail nipper or a shaving razor. What is important is the quality of steel, the amount of carbon and combination of other elements, such as nickel, titanium, molybdenum and others. They define properties of individual steel grades and determine how long the product will last without losing its initial characteristics.
High quality stainless steel from Solingen Germany has been known to the world for centuries. Using such quality steel in manicure implements ensures their durability and ultimate performance. Not only does it contain only fine raw materials, but it is also made according to very rigid manufacturing German standards.
Thus, when you buy a manicure set or pedicure instruments with the Solingen mark, you can be confident that you are buying the finest quality that exists. Unfortunately, manufacturers of cheap manicure sets rely on limited public awareness about stainless steel and often use low-grade materials in their steel production which results in the quick loss of cutting properties. So even if their packaging claims “stainless steel”, this does not necessarily translate into good performance. Nippers, scissors and clippers made of poor quality steel become blunt after just a few uses and can cut the cuticle and tear the nail, making them prone to dangerous infections.
Investing in manicure instruments that are made of high quality stainless steel is worth an extra dollar. Such instruments will work perfectly and keep their initial sharpness and precision, so you don't need to replace or re-sharpen them. They can be sterilised and cleaned so they will become good friends to your nails and you will enjoy your purchase for many years.
View our collection of excellent manicure sets and nail instruments made of fine steel in Solingen Germany.