pins and guards: stainless steel vs. nickel/silver

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hey guys, i've noticed that sometimes the material used for the pins and guards on some knives is stainless steel, and other times it's nickel/silver.

is there an advantage of one over the other? does one finish out more nicely. it's hard to tell the difference from pictures, so if someone with some first-had experience could comment on that i would appreciate it. thank you.
 

Gossman Knives

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I've used both for guards. Nickel silver and brass for pins. Both nickel silver and stainless finish the same. Nickel silver doesn't tarnish as quickly as brass but will more so then stainless.
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N/S has a yellowish color to it while the SS is white. N/S is getting harder to find and more expensive. The SS used is 416 usually , which is a free machining grade ,making it easier to use.Some knives use both.
 
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