Rutile type stainless steel electrode for welding austenitic stainless Cr-Ni-Mo steels or cast steels, having an extra low carbon content. For operating temperatures of up to 400°C. Especially suitable for welding of stainless steel chemical tanks and pipes in chemical, textile, paint, paper industries. Possible to use equally well both with AC and DC. Easy arc striking and re-striking. Fine metal droplet transfer, good fusion of joint faces, finely rippled bead surface, easily removable slag.