Alessi 9090: Polish

January 1, 2009

Alessi uses two types of 18/10 stainless steel (the number refers to the chromium-to-nickel ratio): 2B, with a carbon content of 0.2 percent, is more malleable and less shiny than BA, which has 0.4 percent. The exterior is made of 2B, because the molded surfaces require more malleability. Inner components are made from BA.

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  A worker stops to examine his progress while working with a 9090 component on a buffing wheel. Natural light and a keen eye are crucial when polishing stainless steel to a high gloss.
    A worker stops to examine his progress while working with a 9090 component on a buffing wheel. Natural light and a keen eye are crucial when polishing stainless steel to a high gloss.
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  Smaller components of the 9090, for which wheel-type polishing is inefficient, are pulled from a vat. The machine contains gentle abrasives that slowly smooth the rough surfaces of the metal pieces.
    Smaller components of the 9090, for which wheel-type polishing is inefficient, are pulled from a vat. The machine contains gentle abrasives that slowly smooth the rough surfaces of the metal pieces.

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