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% 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. 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.