Within the medical device industry, 304 is used where high corrosion resistance, good formability, strength, manufacturing precision, reliability and hygiene are of particular importance.  For surgical stainless steel, 316 and 316L are predominantly used. By alloying the elements chromium, nickel & molybdenum, stainless steel offers a uniquely reliable product for scientists and surgeons. When surgical blades are called upon for heavier duty cutting or oscillating action, our in-house tempering capability is the perfect solution to reach light gauges at various tempers up to full hard.