385 Brass Channel – New!

Check out our new 385 Brass Channel! 385 brass or c385, is sometimes incorrectly called “architectural bronze.” It is a brass, not a bronze, but it is certainly architectural! It gets this nickname because it is often used in structural, architectural and ornamental applications.

Also, it is easily joined with other copper alloys and polished to a rich color. Both affordable and durable, 385 brass channel is perfect for designers, architects, construction projects, and more.

Notable Characteristics

As mentioned before, it is affordable, durable, and can be polished to an excellent finish.

It is also easy to work with, as it is easily welded, soldered, hot formed, and has an excellent machinability rating of 90%.

Part of the “architectural” nickname is because 385 is naturally resistant to corrosion and can also be given treatments to give it an even longer service life.

Why “Architectural Bronze”?

385 Brass (UNS C38500) is an alloy made of mainly copper and zinc, with some traces of lead. The issue is largely one of outdated terminology. Technically brass is copper alloyed with zinc. Historically, bronze was copper alloyed with tin. But these days, aluminum and silicon are commonly used and tin is not present in many modern bronze alloys. Also, there isn’t a hard line where brass ends and bronze begins, or vice versa. For this reason, many brasses and bronzes have nicknames identifying them as the other.

This is also is a reason why many manufacturers will now refer to these materials as “copper alloys” instead of calling them brass or bronze specifically.

Being that the metals industry is about 7,000 years old and truly global, it is to be expected that there are some confusing or contradictory names. My personal favorite is how many people still call nickel “German Silver” despite the fact it’s not silver and wasn’t discovered by the Germans. But that’s a story for another time.

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Applications

Due to its durability and versatility, 385 brass channel is used in several ways. Its most popular applications include: brackets, cladding, clamps, framing, decorations, and girts. Don’t let this limit you though, really your imagination is the limit when it comes to this material!