Nickel silver vs. Sterling silver
I'd like to understand why it is that even on high end knives, you often see Ni. Silver used for fittings rather than Sterling Silver. Is there any specific reason? I understand of course that Sterling is much more expensive than NS, but on some knives, it wouldn't be such a difference. Also, Sterling probably would have to be cast rather than worked via stock removal, but even that doesn't seem to be a good reason. Am I missing something?
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