Some misinformed, illogical
absurd arguments are floating around to displace 316L
with F138 (prevous 316LVM),
FALSE, you can read an elaborate dismantling of
these false arguments on
www.316LVSF138.ORG (613L verses F138).
A quote from Fontana, Corrosion Engineering will
show right away how absurd the thinking is.
"A ridiculous example (to make a point) would be
blaming the auto maker if your car corroded
because you drove it through a lake of
hydrochloric acid. The car could be made of
tantalum, but the cost would be astronomical,
nobody would buy it..."
A ridiculous example for cars, yes, but that is
what is being argued to compel piercers and
shops to use F138,
(an exotic alloy designed to survive as a
surgical implant as long as possible bonded to
tissues inside the harsh liquid
environment of the body.
The makers of F138
jewelry want you to use this exotic product.
As they see it that is a problem, you are not buying
it so they are looking for ways to compel you
to make your "car
out of tantalum" (the point of it all).
Your freedom to choose safe and effective
products, which is the Root Principle practiced
around the world, endorsed by ASTM, OSHA, FDA,
WTO, AAMI and all organizations that create
standards, This principle is under attack by "advocate-piercers"
lobbying health departments to make rules in the
interests of manufacturers of F138 body jewelry to
compel shops to use F138, banning the safe and
We have truth on our side: Commercial factory
grade 316L is the Industry Standard because it
is proven safe by being safely used for more than
years by tens of thousands of piercers in
millions and millions of piercings. There is no
argument that can dispute it. ASTM Organization
(that created ASTM-F138 standard) uses this
principle as the basis that determines what is
acceptable: safe and effective usage over time
is the test, the reason it is acceptable. Every
standard is designed for a specific application.
The arguments used by advocates for F138 are all
specious, every argument is shown to be
misleading and false. Though false, they are
used to exploit the health departments using
pseudo-scientific sounding arguments to
Everyone has the right to
advocate for what they believe, including asking
you to use F138 but you have the right to oppose
demand as our right, the freedom to choose proven safe and
effective jewelry, and nothing less will do.
Wes Wood, Updated June 9, 2018