The setting for this question is a classic one, a large group of dwarves go out to settle a far away land, but this land almost completely lacks usable iron resources. Yet our brave dwarves have setup their home on top of another huge deposit of metal.
Supposing they can mine and work with any type of metal, what would this metal deposit best be?
Keep in mind that they have to make tools out of this metal, like weapons, picks, pots & pans etc and armor...
What would be the best metalic mineral deposit to sit upon (except iron) in this situation? and why do you think so? (Only metals that are in the periodic table please, so no mithril.)