I am using a PAL to see how many shavrs I can get. After that I will do the same with a stainless. I can tell from experience that the carbon steel blades are smoother for me out of the box. I also do not mind having to dry them after use. Most tools need some cleaning before you put them away. I am also going to see if there is a difference in blade life between a treet,PAL, and something like a walgreens blade. This will all take awhile.