gives hardness to stainless steel.

A. Zinc
B. Lead
C. Carbon
D. Tin
Answer» C. Carbon
Explanation: Iron is alloyed with carbon lo make steel and has the effect of increasing the hardness and strength of iron. Pure iron cannot be hardened or strengthened by heat treatment but the addition of carbon enables a wide range of hardness and strength. High-carbon stainless steel contains a minimum of 0.3% carbon. The higher the carbon content, the less formable and the tougher the steel becomes.
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