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 and Molybdenum, stainless steel offers the material scientist and surgeon some uniquely reliable qualities.  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.