0.42mm (26 AWG) SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire


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Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire

The Crazy Wire Company are long established as Europe’s preferred suppliers of top quality marine grade stainless steel wire. We have enormous stock levels at all times, as we use this wire to weave our marine grade woven mesh products.

The 0.42mm (26 AWG) ss316L marine grade stainless steel wire offers unparalleled durability and resistance, especially in harsh marine environments. The marine grade stainless steel ensures long wire life and consistent performance due to its significant corrosion resistance. Due to its resistance to corrosion, even in saline or high moisture environments, this material is also used in boating, shipping, and offshore oil rigging. A wire of gauge 26 (0.42mm) provides the right balance of flexibility and strength, making it an ideal choice for creating stable, reliable connections and supports in both static and dynamic settings. As a result of its inherent resistance to corrosion, it becomes an essential ingredient in the manufacture of fishing gear, ensuring its longevity and reliability.

For marine vessels and submersibles, where reliable, corrosion-resistant wiring is crucial, its properties are key to the construction of durable and steadfast electronic components. Maritime structures, such as piers and harbors, are also constructed and repaired with this material, which must endure the relentless assault of coastal elements. The stainless steel 316L is also an invaluable material for aquaculture cages and enclosures that can withstand prolonged exposure to corrosive water and not degrade, thus protecting both the species within and the operators’ investments.

Specification of Wire:

  • Diameter – 0.42mm (26 AWG)
  • ohms/m – 5.41

We also offer this grade as ribbon wire and flat wire too if required.

Why Use The Crazy Wire Company

  1. Quality of products: The Crazy Wire Company always  offer high-quality products that meet industry standards and customer expectations.
  2. Selection: We offer a wide variety of wire products and sizes to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We have more than 600 products available through our site and counting. 
  3. Price: We always offer the best value possible. Our wires are available as part of our major weaving processes, so it is bought at the best possible rate. 
  4. Availability: Our products are kept in house and are ready to ship immediately. 
  5. Customer service: Our experienced staff help our customers feel confident in their purchases and provide assistance when required. 

What Else Is Available?

Not only do we offer 304 grade stainless steel wire, but we also stock huge levels of SS316, SS430 (magnetic) and SS317L.

We also offer stainless steel in ribbon and flat wire options.

The choice is virtually endless!


FAQs About This Wire

Can Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire Be Recycled?

Yes, Marine Grade Stainless Steel wire, including the SS316L variant, can be recycled. The inherent properties of stainless steel, such as its durability and corrosion resistance, do not deteriorate after recycling. Stainless steel recycling is a common practice that promotes sustainability and reduces environmental impact. It involves collecting and melting down steel, which is then repurposed into new products, ensuring that the material is utilized to the fullest extent possible. Stainless steel recycling, particularly marine grade, is also economically wise, since it reduces raw material and energy consumption in steel production, while reducing waste. Steel recycled from marine applications retains its marine grade properties, including corrosion resistance and strength, making it the perfect material for harsh environments and challenging applications. A marine grade stainless steel investment, therefore, provides a resilient material for varied applications as well as contributes to sustainability.

Is SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire Magnetic?

The SS316L marine grade stainless steel wire typically exhibits minimal magnetic permeability due to its austenitic microstructure. Austenitic stainless steels, such as 316L, are generally characterised by their non-magnetic or very low magnetic properties when in the annealed condition. This is attributed to the high nickel content which stabilises the austenitic phase at all temperatures. The absence of, or minimal magnetism in 316L, is especially crucial in various applications where magnetic interference must be avoided, such as in electronic components, sensitive diagnostic medical apparatus, or certain naval applications. However, it’s pivotal to note that while it is commonly non-magnetic in a naturally annealed state, 316L stainless steel can become slightly magnetic when it is cold worked or machined, due to the rearrangement of its metallic grains and the induced mechanical stresses. Nonetheless, the magnetism induced through cold working is usually transient and substantially less compared to the ferromagnetic stainless steel grades, thus maintaining the preferential utilization of SS316L in applications where low magnetism is paramount.

Can I Use Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire In Freshwater Environments?

Absolutely, marine grade stainless steel wire, specifically the SS316L variant, can be effectively utilized in freshwater environments. Its renowned for its superior corrosion resistance and mechanical properties that not only make it optimal for saltwater applications but also versatile enough to be used in freshwater conditions. The alloy’s molybdenum content enhances its resistance to localised corrosion, making it durable even in the diverse and potentially corrosive conditions encountered in various freshwater environments. Whether used in aquatic agriculture, freshwater marinas, or lakeside construction, the SS316L wire maintains its structural integrity and resists corrosive phenomena such as pitting and crevice corrosion. Moreover, its impressive tensile strength, coupled with its corrosion resistance, ensures a steadfast performance in applications like bridge construction, creating cages in fish farming, and crafting freshwater boating components. Consequently, the SS316L marine grade stainless steel wire proves to be not only adaptable and reliable in marine applications but also in an expansive array of freshwater applications, securing its place as a preferred material choice across various aquatic environments and applications.



The Crazy Wire Company is a leading UK based supplier of nichrome, FeCrAl, and stainless steel wires. We specialise in rapid delivery to any location around the country. Our factory is located in Warrington, which is the historic home of the UK’s wire industry.

Check out our blog ‘What You Need To Know About: Stainless Steel Wires’   for more information on resistance wire in general. Our goal for our blogs and help guides is to answer as many questions as possible to help to explain the possibilities of mesh to our customers. 

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Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can. 

Additional information


10 Metres (33 Feet), 25 Metres (82.5 Feet), 50 Metres (166.66 Feet), 100 Metres (330 Feet)


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