While rust on an old car looks cool in a photo, we all know rust is an enemy to fisherman. We got a customer complaint for rust on one of our SNIPS. I only enjoy compliments, so this valid criticism got me into investigative mode. We are very careful in the sourcing of our stainless. We want our tools to exceed expectations, what is up with the rust?

I liked this explanation from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

In metallurgy, stainless steel, also known as inox steel or inox from French “inoxydable”, is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5%[1] chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does, but despite the name it is not fully stain-proof, most notably under low oxygen, high salinity, or poor circulation environments.[2] It is also called corrosion-resistant steel or CRES when the alloy type and grade are not detailed, particularly in the aviation industry. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment the alloy must endure. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by the amount of chromium present. Unprotected carbon steel rusts readily when exposed to air and moisture. This iron oxide film (the rust) is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide, and due to the greater volume of the iron oxide this tends to flake and fall away.

What we at Boomerang Tool Company are going to do in this global fight against rust!

1. Listens to our customers and learn
2. Try some coatings
3. Experiment with care instructions
4. Review materials and processes we utilize in making your favorite fishing tools.

6 comments

  1. Joe McAtee says:

    I own a pair of snips and the blades have gotten dull and show signs of corrosion. I would like to replace the cutters. Is it possible to purchase the cutters only?

    Thank You

    Joe McAtee

  2. Allan Scott says:

    I have owned about 10+ sets of SNIPs and they last about 1 season of fishing in Galveston Texas. The tool itself is great but corrosion is a problem. I like the cutting ability and the retractable tether feature. I keep two of them tie-wrapped to my leaning post all the time. You can drop the LED feature as far as I’m concerned.

    I don’t remember what I paid for the first ones I bought but if you keep the price low enough I’ll just buy a couple each year and you can avoid spending money on R&D!

  3. Allan Scott says:

    You might take a look at 414 or 431 stainless. They’re much harder than 420 and they are more corrosion resistant. Of course these properties come at a higher cost I’m sure. 414 appears to be available as a sheet product.

    • Dan C. says:

      I appreciate these comments Allan. This is the role of the SNIP at this pricing. Discounts in bulk show up in stores and online which further support your approach. Can’t make a tool for a retail price point of under 15 dollars that does what we do and lasts a long time. Of course, freshwater and mono lines can extend the use for years! Keep our email for further contact. Thanks. Sales@boomerangtool.com

  4. Jimbeaux says:

    I fish the MS Gulf Coast and own several basic Snips. I got the one I keep on my boat when it first became available. The blades are as good as the day I bought it, but the 4 small screws holding the body together have rusted despite a rinse when I wash the boat. Still a great product.

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