This is the most versatile and one of the most widely applied 300 series stainless steels in the world. It is the basic 18/8 (chrome/nickel) steel, and has excellent forming and welding characteristics. The carefully controlled analysis of 304/304L enables it to be effectively and more severely deep drawn without intermediate heat softening. This characteristic has made it a dominant grade in the manufacturing of drawn stainless parts such as sinks, saucepans, and cutlery. It is readily brake or roll formed into a wide variety of other parts for use in the industrial, architectural, and transportation industries.