Visited my metal merchant, Carn Metals Pendeen, on Friday to pick up some .999 tin & whilst there they showed me some of their latest cast silver jewelry pieces. Serious geniuses at this game.
After admiring their work I mentioned that some copper cookware is lined with silver & inquired how this was achieved as the melting point of silver is beyond the annealing temperature of copper. Trying to do this with same method as tinning by melting the silver in the pot itself would definitely result in a seriously soft pan that would then need hammering to work harden again. Their view was that it must be achieved by electroplating? Anyway, that's besides the point.
As soon as I mentioned some cookware is lined with silver one of them said "Well, silver is 10 times more toxic than lead so your better off sticking with tin."
I have had a quick look around google & it does seem to be a real problem & besides, if were talking noble & semi precious metal, what these two don't know isn't worth knowing I would say.
The first drawback I can see with my 0% medical training is funnily enough its anti bacterial properties. Apparently this will kill off our much needed good bacteria that lives within us! I'm guessing this will make someone feel pretty rough!!!
Possibly others here know more on this subject but I for one will be sticking with tin!!!
All the best, Steve
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