Any bad experiences with zamac corrosion?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by gorgo2, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Has anyone had a new or vintage zamac razor begin to rot?
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  2. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    No I have not. I did buy a Edwin Jagger for the handle and the head had some rough places. It looked like it was handled a little rough.
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  3. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    My Cooper razor has some damage on it. Not sure it is zamac. I'll take some pictures tonight and see for sure.
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  4. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Pictures of the head. I believe the problem starts when the chrome is damaged. 20190426_193413.jpg 20190426_193358.jpg
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  5. brit

    brit in a box

    my lightly used 34hd looks like new ..
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  6. Keithmax

    Keithmax Breeds Pet Rocks

    I have several Zamac razors, some for more than 5 years and I have never had a problem.
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  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Both my Clix and the Cooper are raw/unplated zamac, and were used before I got them, but neither shows any sign of what's described as rot. Have read that it depends on which formulation of zamac is used...some mixes are much more corrosion-resistant than others and that under certain conditions zamac (like aluminum, which it contains) can develop its own protective coating.

    Since both of these were likely made by/for Cooper, maybe they used the good zamac mix. I hope so but time will tell.
  8. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    I have an old grafco open comb. It had some flea bites on it when i got it. They don't seem to be getting worse, but i don't use it very often. Primarily, because i don't want them to worsen.
    I had to edit, because i misnamed my grafco an adams.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2019
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  9. kfbrady

    kfbrady Well-Known Member

    My 7 year old Edwin Jagger looks like it is brand new.
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