These flexible cables are made from 316 marine grade stainless steel. They are suitable for running over sheaves or for forming thimble eyes. Ideal when high resistance to salt-water corrosion is needed. They are often chosen for running backstays. When used for architectural purposes or handrailing, the shiny chrome-like surface gives a modern appearance. The cables over 3 mm Ø are suitable for use with Sta-Lok terminations but these flexible cables require a special castellated insert and can be a bit fiddly. Cables over 2 mm diameter can be roll swaged in our rigging shop. Unlike galvanised wire, stainless wire will show no tell-tale signs of wear such as rust streaks, but as no cables last for ever it is a wise precaution to enforce a schedule of replacement depending on the wire’s application.