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Stainless steel is a common choice in harsh, corrosive environments. Stainless Steel is an alloy of iron that contains at least 10.5% chromium, which reacts with oxygen to form a thin, protective, and self repairing layer that prevents rust and corrosion.
In addition to chromium, other alloys such as molybdenum, nickel and nitrogen may be added to create different grades- each with properties that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The best type of stainless steel for a particular application will depend on the specific requirements of that application. Factors such as corrosion resistance, strength, weldability, and cost should be considered when making a material choice.

Stainless steel wire has a wide range of applications, including:

Medical and Surgical:

Used for medical instruments, sutures, and orthodontic applications


Used in architectural applications like railing and fencing


Used for various automotive parts and components


Used in the production of springs, fasteners, and wire mesh


Used for connectors, antennas, and sensors


Used in aircraft components such as flexible hoses/shafts, hoses and valves


oil, gas, water filters, paper pulp meshes

Art and Design:

Utilized in sculptures, jewelry, and artistic projects

Stainless Steel Grades

There are five main types or families of stainless steel, each with its own unique properties and advantages. Grades of stainless steel are sorted between these five families:


The most common type of stainless steel, known for its excellent corrosion resistance, formability, and weldability.

201 | 204CU | 301 | 302 | 302HQ | 303 | 303SE | 304 | 304L | 304V  | 304LV | 305

310 | 310S | 316 | 316L | 316 LVM | 317L | 321 | 330 | 347 | AL-6XN® | INCOLOY® 25-6MO


Less common than austenitic stainless steel, but still widely used in applications where good corrosion resistance and low cost are important.

430 | 440 | 430LI | 434 | 436 | 444


The least common type of stainless steel, known for its high strength and hardness, but also the least corrosion-resistant.

410 | 416 | 420 | 420LC | 440A | CUSTOM 450® | CUSTOM 455®


A combination of austenitic and ferritic stainless steel, offering high strength, weldability, and good corrosion resistance.

Duplex Alloy 2205 | Duplex Alloy 2304 | Duplex Alloy 2507


Can be hardened by heat treatment, offering high strength, hardness, and good corrosion resistance.

15-7 MO® | 17-4 PH® | 17-7 PH® | A286 | AM350®

Stainless Steel Characteristics

The most defining characteristic of stainless steel is its resistance to rust and corrosion. This is due to the presence of chromium, which forms a thin, invisible layer of chromium oxide on the surface of the steel. This oxide layer protects the underlying metal from attack by oxygen and other corrosive agents.
Stainless steel is much stronger than regular steel, thanks to the addition of other alloying elements such as nickel, molybdenum, and nitrogen. This makes it ideal for applications where strength and durability are important, such as in bridges, buildings, and automotive parts.
Stainless steel is highly resistant to wear and tear, making it a long-lasting material. It is also resistant to heat, cold, and chemicals, making it suitable for a wide range of environments.
Easy to clean and maintain: Stainless steel is non-porous and has a smooth surface, which makes it easy to clean and maintain. This is why it is often used in food processing equipment and medical facilities, where hygiene is essential.


Spools – Reels

<1 lb to 1,000 lbs

Oscillated Coils

from 50 lbs up to 1,000 lbs

If you are looking for stainless steel shaped wire, contact the experts at United Wire to request a quote.