How We Make Our Tags: Our Secret Duplex 2205
We employ the most durable pet id tag metal on the market today in the exciting ancient art of lost wax casting. (Be sure and watch the video of molten metal being poured into a mold to make a tag.) A special yacht grade of stainless steel called duplex 2205 is poured and really sweetens the deal because it’s 100% corrosion proof and 2x as durable as ALL other stainless alloys including 304, 306, 316, etc. No joke.
For you this means no rusting, no bending, no coat staining, no loop wearing, and no faded engraving.
After casting, Silver Paw tags are sand blasted, then put through a 7 step finishing process to obtain a mirror finish before the final step of engraving. It’s quite an involved, labor intensive process that no other tag company can hold a candle to. We’re proud as can be of our process, metal, and the obvious quality of our tags.
Duplex 2205 History
We were ecstatic to discover this durable pet id tag metal! Duplex 2205 stainless steel has outstanding corrosion resistance because of it’s chromium content. It was developed in the 1960’s for the offshore oil industry for its strength and to withstand salt water. You will not find a better tag material. It is outstanding but expensive so tag stampers and overseas manufacturers don’t use it.
Stainless steel pet tags that claim to be rust proof and durable may not be because of the cheaper, thin grade of stainless steel they are made from. 304, 306, 316 stainless steel alloys are NOT rust proof in salt water. Salt corrodes these industry standard pet id tag metals.
Durable Stainless Steel Attachment Hardware
We include both a 316-grade stainless steel split ring and 3/4″ S-hook for a durable pet id tag collar attachment.
The stainless steel split ring is easiest to attach but not the most durable of the two. If it catches on something while being worn, it may pull open and your durable pet id tag will not be so durable anymore!
The stainless steel 3/4″ S-hook is thick, much sturdier, and the best choice for active dogs. We strongly recommend this hardware if your dog tends to be hard on their collars. However, it will not stretch open like the split ring. You will need a strong pair of hands and pliers to attach the S-hook.