Yes, Bud, it is the edge treatment, just like those awesome old fifties dinette tables have, and like the counters in diners had that wonderful "ripple" chrome band about 4" wide... Rather than having the cabinet shop apply a strip of the red countertop material to the edge, it will look fabulous to have a strip of shiny chrome following the curves. (actually I think the stuff I'm using is aluminium) As I said, I may have gotten ahead of myself, but the banding I bought has a tapered 1/4" lip, so obviously it is meant for this purpose.
I am just second-guessing in terms of the flexibility of the this material and wondering if it will take the curve by only being glued in place. I wondered if anyone on the site had perhaps worked with metal banding and could offer some tips.
Regardless, it's do or die this weekend as the countertops are being installed. We'll figure it out!