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What plating is safe to lick?





March 2, 2010

I am an amateur blacksmith. I have made some nice flatware out of iron and would like to plate it for looks (and to prevent rust - stainless steel is harder to work with).

Is there any plating method that you would trust to stick in your mouth and eat food with?

Andy Coleman
hobbyist. - New York, New York



March , 2010

Hi, Andy. Silver would be the most obvious choice. Gold is safe, too. I think tin would be fine. There was a time when steel flatware was nickel-chrome plated (I have a nickel-chrome fork from such a place setting).

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


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