Electrode for joining dissimilar steels and depositing claddings on ferritic steels. The ferritic-austenitic Cr-Ni weld metal contains approximately 50% of delta-ferrite and is non-scaling up to +1100˚C. It features high resistance to cracking and is therefore suited for joining difficult to weld steels and depositing stress-relaxing buffer layers on crack sensitive base metals. Suitable for welding galvanized steel plates. Possible to use equally well both with AC and DC. Easy arc striking and restriking. Fine metal droplet transfer, good fusion of joint faces, finely rippled bead surface, easy slag removal.