Medical Grade Sex Toy Guide

Premium metal sex toys are made with medical grade stainless steel that is hygienic, almost break proof and can adapt to hot or cold temperatures. Hell’s Couture is a leading worldwide distributor of medical grade sex toys that supplies penis plugs, cock cages, bondage and fetish gear that are made to this standard. To understand why medical grade steel is so important you have to ask…

What is medical grade steel?

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metals on the planet. It was first used in mechanical applications such as the construction of bridges due to the immense tensile strength the metal possesses. Despite not being the strongest metal, it is relatively cheap compared to other more durable materials like diamond. The use of stainless steel slowly crept into our kitchens in the making of cutlery and pans. This trend emerged on account of its shiny appearance, good strength and the fact that it does not have chemical reactions with food. Other areas that have adopted the use of stainless steel include plumbing and jewellery.

With its vast applications and growing popularity, it was just a matter of time before people realized that it would be beneficial to use in the medical arena. Certain grades of stainless steel can be placed safely internally and externally of the human body which have no current observation of adverse side effects.

The grades of stainless steel include

  • Austenitic Grades 1.4301 and 1.4307.
  • Martensitic Grades 1.4021 and 1.4122.
  • Ferrite Grades 1.4016 and 1.4510.
  • Stainless Steel Grades 1.4401, 1.4435 and 1.4439.

These grades can handle the natural wear of daily use and is used to manufacture medical devices. The only component of stainless steel that is of concern is nickel, as some people are allergic to it. Allergies limit the amount of time a person can be in contact with the metal without side effects manifesting. When the sweat of a person who is allergic comes in contact with Nickel. The metal is eroded and then absorbed into their body triggering an allergic reaction.

It is of great importance to investigate the grades of stainless steel that might affect the human body. Several research studies have been undertaken with this in mind. One study investigated the difference between steel that is high in sulphur and low in nickel. The researchers carried a comparison of four common steel types that included; Austenitic Stainless Steel Grade 1.4305, 1.4404, 1.4301 and Ferritic Stainless Steel Grade 1.4016. Tests were conducted in a laboratory with some samples of sweat drawn from allergic individuals. The test was also performed on the test patients to confirm the results.

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Ferritic Stainless Steel Grade 1.4016 was found to release slight amounts of nickel when the metal was put in an acidic environment. Despite being an alloy of nickel, the levels of metal are too low to have any substantial effect on the human body. Austenitic Stainless Steel Grade 1.4404 and 1.4301 were tested under the same conditions. They were found to have very low levels of nickel with almost zero negative impact on the human body. These Austenitic and Ferritic Stainless Steel Grades are rendered safe for medical application.

It was agreed that the steel used for medical applications should not have a nickel level of over 0.2 micrograms per square centimeter. This applies to all objects that come in contact with the skin for an extended period of time including necklaces, rings, and watches. Although Free Machining Steel is easy to manufacture, however it was determined to have high levels of nickel which makes it not unsuitable for human applications.

It goes without saying that the stainless steel used as implants and medical devices need lots of care when making a choice. This is because human organs can be fragile in nature and hence need special care. The choice of steel is determined by the amount of time it comes in contact with the tissue. Long term use is when a product comes in contact with the body for a period shorter or longer than thirty days. If a medical device is put in contact with a human tissue for an extended period, typically more than a month, then it is considered to be an implant. Short term use is when a product is used up to a maximum of sixty minutes.

Stainless Steel Grades 1.4401, 1.4435 and 1.4439 are commonly used for surgical implants due to its higher resistance to corrosion and high levels of nitrogen. The surface of Stainless Steel used for implants is supposed to be polished which enables then to have higher corrosion resistance. Electropolishing is a standard procedure not only for the implants but also any other equipment used for surgery.

Stainless Steel has been improved by the introduction of chromium and molybdenum elements in a bid to improve their resistance to any form of corrosion. This task is accomplished through two procedures that are unique to medical grade steel namely electro-slag remelting and vacuum induction. This process might come at a slightly higher cost of production, but the sacrifice is worthwhile. Medical grade steel contains no magnate which is the ingredient that makes it rust.

Quality medical grade steel sex toys can last a lifetime, so it goes without saying that the original additional cost will be well worth it in the long-run.

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