Choosing the Right Chain for the Job: Brass Chains vs. Steel Chains

At some point in your life, the chances are, you’re going to need a metal link chain of some sort. From securing a personal possession in your back garden or public space to pulling or lifting something heavy at work, they have a wide range of day-to-day domestic, commercial and industrial applications, and it’s important to find the right type of chain for the job at hand.

Chains can be constructed from a wide variety of different metals; however, the two types most commonly used today include brass oval chains and steel chains. Here we consider each in turn, highlighting their individual properties and advantages, and noting their most typical uses.

The Facts and Uses of Brass Oval Chains

Quite simply, a brass oval chain is a series of oval-shaped metal links that are constructed from solid brass and they are often used in conjunction with brass chain fittings. Brass itself is an alloy metal, created by combining copper and zinc, and it has a number of properties that make it perfect for use in metal chains. For example, it is durable, strong, and long-lasting. Thanks to its anti-corrosive nature, it will not rust or corrode and brass oval chains are guaranteed to last in damp and wet conditions. This is why they are often used in bathrooms and kitchens, as a bath or sink plug chain.

Brass oval chains are also well-known for their pleasant shiny appearance, whether that be in silver or gold with a chromed or polished finish. They are often used for interior design projects and decorative purposes – such as hanging a new picture frame in the living room or putting up a basket of flowers at the side of the front door – and they can sometimes be seen in shop windows, adding a modern and edgy touch to the product display and attracting the attention of passers-by.

Brass Oval Chains – Available at Ropes Direct!

It’s fair to say, the applications for brass oval chains are very far-reaching and they are typically available at any good specialist rope stockist – such as Ropes Direct. Head over to their website and you will find both polished and chromed brass oval chains on sturdy 10m reels. These chains come in a range of thicknesses, from 1.6mm to 2.3mm and they are a fantastic choice for many different day-to-day uses. If you’d like to find out more about the brass oval chains they currently have on offer, browse through their full online collection today and see which type best suits your requirements.

The Facts and Uses of Mild Steel Chains

Everybody’s heard of steel; it is one of those well-known metals that is used for a vast range of day-to-day applications – but the question is, do you know the difference between stainless steel and the mild steel, typically used to create metal link chains? Mild steel is predominantly constructed from iron and, unlike stainless steel, it is not classified as an alloy metal. It also has a relatively low amount of carbon and, as a result, it is much more ductile and less brittle than stainless steel. It can, therefore, be used to create a variety of products, it demonstrates great strength and – with the addition of a protective anti-corrosive coating – it is reliable enough for repeated outdoor use.

A Range of Comprehensive Mild Steel Chains at Ropes Direct

If you’re looking for a chain that is strong and durable, perhaps something that will securely lock up your new pedal bike outside of work or something that can be used to pull or lift heavy items, mild steel is the perfect option for you. Specialist retailers, Ropes Direct, currently have three different types of mild steel chain for you to choose from, including:

  1. Bright Zinc Plated Chain – a mild steel and side-welded chain with a smooth and shiny zinc coating. This type of steel chain is particularly effective at preventing rust and it is sold on rigid plastic reels in a wide range of chain thicknesses, from 2.5mm to 7mm.


  1. Hot Dip Galvanised Chain – thanks to its hot dip galvanised coating, this type of steel chain has a dull and slightly uneven finish. It is hard-wearing, anti-corrosive and perfect for substantial outdoor use and it is currently available in 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, and 7mm reels.


  1. Black Plated Chain – another form of steel chain with an electro-plated shiny black finish. Also known as a black japanned chain, it is rust-proof, available in a range of thicknesses and lengths, and it is perfect for a wide range of outdoor applications.

Contact Ropes Direct for Both Brass Oval Chains and Mild Steel Chains

If you would like to find out more about the properties and typical uses of brass oval chains and steel chains, it’s time to get in touch with specialist providers, Ropes Direct! Their knowledgeable and friendly team of staff will be able to answer any questions you may have, offering valuable advice and guidance on the right chain for you – including which metal type, length and thickness of chain will best suit your current requirements. As an exclusive online retailer, they are able to cut many overhead costs and their brass oval chains and steel chains are both priced competitively. What’s more, they guarantee excellent customer service and a quick turnaround from the point of order.

So why not take a look at their full online collection today? Their website is full of useful information, but if you would like to discuss their range of brass oval chains and steel chains further, just give them a call on 01692 671721 or send an enquiry using their online contact form. They’re always happy to help and, whatever the job at hand, we guarantee they will find the right chain for you.

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