What's in 'white metal'?

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Happy New Year, all! Sorry to waste your time, but I'm having no luck with the search engine. What's in the white metal that is used in HI's products? Thanks.
 
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Mr. Taylor, the prevalent opinion is that it's nickel-silver.

Happy new year to you.
 

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I think there was some testing I did a while back (comparing to our NS in the states) that led me to believe the white metal was more like the German Silver. Whiter and brighter.
 

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That's cool. I'd always thought the white metal was just tinned (with solder) brass. Thanks for the link.
 
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aproy1101 said:
That's cool. I'd always thought the white metal was just tinned (with solder) brass. Thanks for the link.

Brass is nearly impossible to tin with solder as it is very 'oily'.
 
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I saw this thread and checked all my Villager models and my other various Khuks with "White Metal trim".

The bolsters on all mine will attract a magnet so are steel. The Butt caps are a mixture of (Steel - magnetic) and (non-ferrous - non magnetic) white metal.
 
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I disassembled a "white metal" villager once, and the inside of the pommel was primed and painted. Probably a car door panel in a former life.:rolleyes: Given the close proximity of Nepal to India, and its long standing relationship with Great Britain, I would expect it to be Britannia Metal.:D
 

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Andrew Taylor said:
Brass is nearly impossible to tin with solder as it is very 'oily'.


I work as an engineer and very frequently tin brass with solder.
 
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