Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Brass: The Softest Hardest-working Metal

The origin of brass can be traced to the early years of civilization when people used the versatile metal to craft weapons and armor. Today, brass can be found virtually everywhere.

Spark-free and safe
In environments such as refineries and oil fields that contain explosive fumes, materials, or liquids, brass tools are safe for use since their softness prevents any kind of friction. A brass hammer hitting a steel surface wouldn’t cause any sparking that could accidentally ignite any volatile chemicals.

Making music
Brass has long been a top choice for musical instruments because of the tonal quality that it produces. Being soft and malleable, brass tubes are easily twisted and shaped to form complex instruments like trumpets and French horns. And being much lighter than steels, musicians can carry brass instruments for longer periods.

Good conduct
One of the metal’s most practical features is its ability to conduct vibrations. Used widely in the manufacture of audio speakers, brass makes it possible for music to be shared in full fidelity. The metal’s lightness also makes it media preferred medium for the creation of sculpture and many other works of art.

Fitting fashion

Not only has the metal found its way into the household in the form of brass channels or hot water pipes, it can also be seen in many fashion items like blue jeans, boots, and bags because of its lightness and resistance to corrosion.

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