How long are NOS blades good?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by LKLive13, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. LKLive13

    LKLive13 Well-Known Member

    As the title states I am curious just how long a vintage NOS blade is good for. I recently picked up 2 5 packs of the blue blades and decided to try one. It seemed to pull and tug, A LOT! Given they are still in original package and wrappers, Just curious if anyone out there has any idea how long they are good for. I know this has probably been talked about before like everything else but I can't seem to find a thread at quick search. Thanks!
     
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  2. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    NOS blades are subject to microcorrosion that dulls the edge. It is impossible to know, just have to try. An NOS blade stored in pristine dry conditions will last virtually forever. You likely have a pack that has endured some corrosion. NOS blades are hit and miss like that.
     
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  3. LKLive13

    LKLive13 Well-Known Member

    That's what I figured. I know the edges couldn't last forever but thought I would ask.
     
  4. Morman Bridge

    Morman Bridge Well-Known Member

    Hi Larry, I use vintage Gillette blades all the time. I usually have zero issues with them. But I have had very bad luck with most non-Gillette blades.
     
  5. Straight Arrow

    Straight Arrow Active Member

    Are you referring to Gillette Blue Blades or one of the many other vintage carbon blades that are dark blue in color? I use many different brands of vintage carbon blades. They tug in varying degrees but with the right razor (I use them with an adjustable set low) and the proper technique they provide very good close irritation free shaves.
     
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  6. LKLive13

    LKLive13 Well-Known Member

    They were specifically Gillette Blue Blades that I tried
     
  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I have a stock of Blade Man, Pontiac, Sheffield, Adams, ASR, Pal, Silver Star and other carbons from as far back as the 1940s, a few maybe the '30s, and they all shave fine (admittedly, I've developed a taste for carbons). Granted, carbons are not stainless but if they can hold up, I can't imagine more recent stainless blades spontaneously de-honing due to age. I've seen that claimed for years but I believe it's a myth based on a misunderstanding of how carbon blades typically felt.
     
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  8. LKLive13

    LKLive13 Well-Known Member

    Maybe they just tug a little too much for my taste? It's all good. I'll keep them in the drawer
     
  9. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Some carbon blades are better than others. For example, even though I own many of them I have poor luck with the white pack Gillette Thins which, as far as carbons go, were relatively recent. I don't think I ever particularly cared for their Blue blades either. Point is, don't write off all carbons just yet. ;)
     
  10. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

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    BTW vintage stainless blades should be pretty much good to go
     
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  11. Straight Arrow

    Straight Arrow Active Member

    Your stash is amazingly close to what I have. I don't see any Marlin, Don Juan, or Fan? Great blades in my experience. Ever since the vintage carbon bug bit me my desire to use stainless blades is fast fading.
     
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  12. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I know you like Don Juan but the ones I had were not very good for me compared to others. Never came across Marlin or Fan but I will tell you Gold Tone is one of the best old carbons I ever used. Wish I still had some. The one with the guy in the tuxedo was good too.
     

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