Some misinformed, illogical
or absurd arguments are floating around to displace 316L
with F138 (previous formula was 316LVM).
Whoever is perpetrating this SCAM to deceive
piercers claiming F138 is superior to 316L in
the application for Body Jewelry is trying to
make 10 times the price with absolutely no added
value for you or the customer.
A quote from Fontana, Corrosion Engineering will
show how absurd the are.
"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 deceive 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). For hip and knee
replacements it is slightly better but adds no
value for body jewelry.
The makers of
jewelry want you to use this exotic metal.
Their problem is, you are not buying
into the scam 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 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
grade 316L. Such as in Ohio. They are wrong.
We have truth on 316L 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 hundreds
of 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
in 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