Most people who are looking to buy a flask are not looking at whether to buy stainless steel or pewter, but instead are looking at the size or the price of flasks. While it makes sense to check into the quality of flasks and what sets them apart from one another, what really matters at the end of the day is if it holds enough alcohol and how much it costs.
If you are trying to decide between a stainless steel or pewter flask, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are looking to spend more money on a nice flask, you may lean towards pewter. However, if you want a sturdy, cheaper flask for regular use, a stainless steel one is the way to go.
What Makes Stainless Steel a Good Flask?
Stainless steel is by far the most popular material used in making flasks these days. Stainless steel is a useful alloy of metals that is resistant to rust and corrosion, making it ideal for holding your favorite liquor. Easy to clean and maintain, stainless steel flasks are strong enough to stand a little rough handling, but are also shiny enough to appeal to a person’s desire for a little bling.
Stainless steel is hygienic and is easily cleaned. It has a long life and can withstand even falls from when you have had just a little too much to drink. So, if your drinking often leads to dropping things or falling, stainless steel flasks are definitely the way to go.
These flasks are a bargain that even the cheapest soul can afford. At a fraction of the price of pewter flasks, stainless steel flasks are available in a variety of styles and sizes that make them popular with so many people. You can choose one in any style or color, and even covered with a variety of different materials, so that no matter what your fashion taste, there is a flask to match it.
What about Pewter Flasks?
Apart from its classic good looks, a pewter flask is a great investment. It is a quality item that can become a family heirloom passed from generation to generation. Pewter is known as an excellent metal for maintaining liquids at the right temperature. In addition, pewter does not leave a metallic taste on the alcohol the way many other metals do.
Pewter flasks are much more expensive than stainless steel flasks. However, they are much less expensive than sterling silver flasks. In fact, originally they were made to be a substitute for silver flasks that a poor man could afford. How things have changed today, as the poor man’s choice is now a more chic option that many choose for gift giving.
One very important thing to bear in mind when it comes to a pewter flask is when it was made. If you purchase or are gifted an antique pewter flask, don’t drink out of it. Pewter used to be made with lead, which can make you crazy – literally. Today’s pewter is lead free, which is why it is a much more suitable choice for a flask than old pewter.
One drawback to the sophisticated pewter flask is that it does not fare well with rough handling. If you have a rough night and your flask gets bumped around, pewter will show it.
How do I Prepare a New Flask for use?
Using a new stainless steel or pewter flask for the first time is exciting. Carrying a flask is a little risqué. Not everyone does it and no one will know that you have one on you. However, the last thing you want to do is mess up the taste of your favorite spirit on your first run with your new flask, whether it is pewter or stainless steel.
Knowing how to properly clean it will eliminate this problem. Essentially, if a flask is new, it may simply have some residue from production or packing still inside. This is not hard to get rid of. Simply rinse it several times with hot water by filling and emptying it.
If you feel that simple rinsing is not enough or you are cleaning a used flask, you can use white distilled vinegar and an equal amount of water mixed together. Heat the mixture and add it carefully to your flask. Once the flask is half filled, close it tightly and shake vigorously. Rinse and repeat, rinsing carefully before letting it dry.
Never use soap on a flask as the residue will cling to the container and will taint the flavor of the alcohol you put in it. After the simple hot water rinse, let your new flask air dry before use. After you finish using your flask, rinse it and let it air dry again in anticipation of its next big outing.
Whether you choose a stainless steel or a pewter flask, there is not a lot of difference apart from price and durability. Essentially, what it comes down to is whether or not you want to make an impression or simply enjoy some spirits. Cheers!