The addition of lead to a decanter is a health hazard especially in spirits decanters as most enthusiasts leave their distilled spirits in decanters for longer periods. Lengthy exposure of spirits to a leaded decanter can result in lead leaching into the spirits.
Typically lead is added to aid in the manufacturing process as it softens glass making it easier to mold & cut designs. To cut leaded crystal requires only one quick cut on a grinding wheel. The decanter is then dipped into an acid bath to quickly polish the cut.
With unleaded crystal, the first cut is much more difficult & time consuming as the glass has not been softened by lead. Secondly, lead-free crystal cannot be simply dipped into an acid bath to quickly polish the cut. It must go back on a wheel and be painstakingly hand polished to perfection.
Lengthy exposure of spirits to a leaded decanter can result in lead leaching into the spirits. Ravenscroft Distiller Collection decanters are lead-free and hand crafted in every imaginable shape to please even the most discriminating spirits enthusiast.
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