Having a well-designed and high-quality accessory isn’t the only thing that matters to people these days and it shouldn’t be! Regardless of your style, you want to be sure that your gear is safe to use. Although brass has a long history of being used in accessories, it’s rare to see it in shops nowadays. While some people might interpret that as a bad sign, we’re here to lay the rumours to rest.
You may have used a brass screen before. However, with the variable nature of screens that may not have lasted long. Before you invest in an all-brass accessory you want to know, is it safe to use? Well, you asked and we answered. In this article, we’ll take a look at pure brass accessories and find out how safe they are for you.
Benefits of Metal Accessories
With more materials available than ever before, accessories tend to be made from glass. Granted that surgical glass is sold as being tougher than most, it can still shatter under the pressure of day-to-day life. Metal accessories, on the other hand, have a reputation for being sturdy, durable, and ready to take what life throws at them. When you invest in a product you want to be sure that it’s going to last and metal accessories help deliver on that promise. Of course, it’s vital to make the distinction that not all metal accessories are equal.
From silver to stainless steel to brass, you can find a wide variety of metal accessories on the market. Metal accessories can even be more affordable than other accessories depending on the raw material and features they offer. Although the individual components of the product determine if they are safe to use or not. Unfortunately, there are some metal accessories out there that aren’t made from the safest materials.
Brass Versus Other Metals
Our love for brass doesn’t merely come from its golden shine, sleek feel, or durability. We see brass as a sturdy and safe metal that is perfect for crafting rugged accessories. Other popular metals like aluminum or copper have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and rapid aging. While those metals are more affordable, their dicey health standing make them completely out of the question.
Furthermore, electronic accessories that don’t use combustion were at one time considered safer, but have been shown to be quite the opposite. A recent study found that vapor from those accessories contained toxic levels of lead — a metal known for causing cancer and other health problems. In fact, many countries around the world have already banned those electronic accessories due to their toxic lead content. The North American retail giant Walmart is also joining the cause against toxic accessories by removing this product from its shelves
A Healthy Option
Unlike all of those previously mentioned dangerous metals, pure brass is non-toxic and has no links to health complications. On the contrary, in France, pure brass was used to create a healthy alternative for those who choose to indulge. The French accessory in question, Le Sifflu, uses essential oils and innovative design to recreate an experience that many doctors see as a healthier option. The healthier aspect of that accessory lies not only in its make, but also its raw material.
Designed to help anyone delight in the ritual, this brass accessory is not only beautiful but entirely safe. The designers could have used any other metal for their creation, yet the fact that they chose brass says a lot. Thoughtfully inspired by Native American rituals and crafted with brass, that French accessory helps evoke a feeling of another time, as well as a safe and healthy atmosphere.
It goes without saying that heating metal is another story in terms of health and safety. Being around metals in innocuous situations isn’t the same as using them to heat your goods. After all, consider how often you use aluminium foil without worrying about getting cancer. When you wrap your leftovers in aluminium you're not exposed to its toxic lead fumes.
Those looking for a slower ritual should know that brass is completely safe to heat and ideal for a luxurious session. The fact that brass is an alloy makes it more resistant to wear and tear than metals like silver or gold. Furthermore, the non-toxic nature of pure brass will ensure that you are always enjoying your flower safely and securely.
Choosing Non-Toxic Brass
If you read our guide to The Brockton, you’ll already know how to ensure that your brass is non-toxic. In the event that you didn’t, we’re happy to refresh your cloudy mind.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to brass is to avoid plating. Plated brass means that metals like nickel or copper can lower the quality of the material and have dangerous effects. Parkdale Brass uses pure brass and the easiest way to tell is by the way it looks.
Unlike pure brass, plated brass has two key features:
- It’s very shiny.
- It has no blemishes or scratches.
You might think that those features are good things, but when it comes to brass they’re certainly not.
The easiest way to tell that brass is pure is by patina. Over time, pure brass that regularly comes in contact with oxygen will begin to change colour. That colour will be a blue-ish green, just like the Statue of Liberty. If you see brass with patina on it, you can be sure that it’s pure and non-toxic.
Time to Enjoy
Parkdale Brass is all about transparency and accountability. We wouldn’t sell accessories that we wouldn’t use ourselves. Take our founder, Shawn Santiago, for example. He uses The Brockton on a daily basis knowing that he can enjoy it without worrying about negative side effects. We craft pure brass accessories that are classic and uncomplicated, so that you can savour your next session without any hangups.