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Tools that won’t rust
JoeMcArter - 7/23/2017 10:57 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 6

I’m looking for recommendations on tools that will not rust. I can find aluminum wrenchs but I can only find titanium Allen hex tools. I have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars/thousands of dollars on titanium. Any suggestions?
Eric_R - 7/23/2017 2:59 PM
How big of Allen wrenches are you looking for?
Here’s a nice set.
JoeMcArter - 7/23/2017 6:19 PM
I just did a little research on stainless steel and it looks like there are two primary kinds 304 and 316. They both have corrosion resistance but 304 cant handle costal waters where as 316 can. I cant find wether these allens are 304 or 316. Have you seen any information on which one these allens are?
JoeMcArter - 7/23/2017 6:26 PM
Here’s one that offers 316 hex but ouch on the price
Eric_R - 7/24/2017 5:47 AM
I see on some of the Amazon reviews that one user had some slight rust using them on a sailboat in the Caribbean but still thought they were great. You would think that the stainless for tools would all be at least 316.
NCjones - 7/25/2017 4:38 PM
316 rusts also. They call it "stainLESS" and not "stainPROOF" for a reason.
316 has more Chromium than other blends, but it still has iron in it and thats what rusts. All iron rusts and there’s nothing you can do to it to make it not rust.

I’ve welded 316 at the shop for clients and it stays rustless for many many years for use around the farm, but when you throw saltwater into the equation, and on a regular basis, that’s a different story.

If you rinse your 316 hex wrenches with water and dish detergent after every use and dry them, you will be able to be rustproof for many years.

But ideally, If it was me, I’d buy the titanium and only buy it once VS buying 316 every few years. It’s just a hex wrench. Nothing to break or go bad on it. If you bite the bullet and buy titanium you’ll still be using the same hex wrenches 50 years from now.