What is the difference between 304 and 430
There are many different grades of stainless steel available to the market with each grade offering a unique characteristic for use in specific applications.
Two of the most common and versatile grades however are the ferritic grade 430 (1.4016) and the austenitic 304 (1.4301). In appearance, they both look very similar and it is more than likely that you won’t be able to tell the difference between them just by looking at them. These 2 grades make up a large majority of stainless steel in use however there are some marked differences between them that set them apart from each other.