Q:Thoughts on surgical steel?
"Surgical steel" doesn’t really mean anything, because it doesn’t denote the quality of metal.
Here’s what the APP says to look for in steel jewelry for initial piercings:
Surgical Steel is made of a variety of alloys. Many of them are used for body jewelry, but only a few specific grades are proven biocompatible: steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant; ISO 10993-(6,10, or 11) compliant. [Note: The EEC Nickel Directive is a regulation that requires a low rate of nickel release for all materials used for costume or fine jewelry, belt buckles, watches, or other metallic accessories with direct skin contact. It does not specify nor prove that a material is safe to wear in the body; therefore, compliance with this directive alone is not sufficient for meeting the APP initial jewelry standards.]
You also want jewelry that has a good polish with no scratches/toolmarks, that is internally threaded or threadless (unless it’s a ring, obv).
Basically, just stick with the high quality companies for high quality steel. Just because something says “surgical steel” doesn’t mean it isn’t made from the same quality of metal as your forks.
EDIT FOR COMMENTS:
Does “implant grade” denote better quality, perhaps, than the wide definition of surgical steel?
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- absinthiumartemisia said: Does “implant grade” denote better quality, perhaps, than the wide definition of surgical steel?
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