Originally Posted by Cannibal
Warbonnet hasn't used those rings in a couple of years and I'm not aware of any hardware currently being used that has similar issues.
I used to use welded steel rings from the hardware store. They would have the same weld issues as well as an oxidation issue that climbing rated aluminum rings might not have. Aluminum can oxidize to be sure and the corrosion can be abrasive but I would expect climbing rated aluminum equipment is treated or hardened in a way to minimize that risk.