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40 year old stainless utensils suddenly formed blisters

February 4, 2010

I have a set of 40 year old stainless steel flatware that suddenly developed blisters; little bumps on the surface. Is there anything, any reaction with water content, etc, that would make that happen? Our well water is very sulfurous.


Marlene Vidibor
homeowner/artist using metals - Ghent, NY, USA

February 4, 2010

Hi, Marlene. I've never heard of anything like that. Please post a picture.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

February 8, 2010

I'd bet it's nickel plated flatware. Forty years ago, before the nickel was found to be a suspicious or declared cause of health problems it was a cheap and common substitute of silver.

Guillermo Marrufo
Monterrey, NL, Mexico

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