Blade Rust Question/Thought ?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by S Barnhardt, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    I recently used a Gillette Silver Blue in my ongoing trial of DE blades. This was the 3rd use of the first time I'd tried this particular blade. When I started my shaving procedure, I noticed a tad of rust on the bevel of the blade. In retrospect, I should have changed to another blade, but I didn't. I didn't have another blade in the bathroom with me. To make a long story short, that was not a good shave. I've learned my lesson about using a blade with any rust on the bevel.

    My question though is based on this was the 6th different blade I've used in my trial, but the 1st in which any rust was seen. I'd rinsed the blade as always and had put it in my alcohol jar, razor and all, to hopefully dispel any water left behind. Is this just indicative of a cheaper quality blade, a fluke, or something I did, or otherwise?

    Your opinion/s are requested!

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  2. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    I would never use a rusty blade.

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  3. brit

    brit in a box

    rust on a carbon steel blade is the end of it.. imo..
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  4. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    I thought Gillette Silver Blues were stainless
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  5. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    In the right environment.
    All stainless steel will rust.
    That would make one wonder what happened to those blades.
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  6. LaneP

    LaneP Active Member

    GSB is a stainless blade so typically they are highly corrosion resistant, but as mentioned above, nothing is impossible.

    I've used GSB on and off for years for daily shaving. I rinse after the shave in a small container with Isopropyl then leave to dry in the medicine cabinet and never had any issue with rust or corrosion on this blade.

    What razor were you using that blade in?
  7. brit

    brit in a box

    they are..never a rust issue so far,i misread and thought super blue..
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  8. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    Gillette Slim
  9. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    Here is the blade in question.
    It was not this bad when I used it.

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  10. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    Very interesting.

    I’ve left several brands of blades (with shaves on them) laying out in my staging area for days at a time without issue.

    Maybe it’s just defective.
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  11. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    Did you purchase them recently or did you get them from someone? Is it possible they’re old stock?
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  12. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Looking at a picture is somewhat difficult.
    It maybe that what ever razor it was in rusted.
    The rust attached to the blade when it was removed, it looked like the blade was rusting.
    I still would never use a blade like that.

    I've seen rust in razors that was from a steel blade left in the razor.
    It cleaned off fine, no damage to the razor.
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  13. DiggaDog

    DiggaDog Active Member

    Is it possibly a counterfeit GSB?
    Made of dodgy steel?
    Here's a real one. Notice the 'i' in Gillette...the rusty one looks different.

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  14. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    They were a PIF from a member here on TSD. They had sent me an assortment of blades to try, so I could maybe find a "go-to" so to speak. I have no idea as to old stock?
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  15. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    I haven't "noticed" any rust "in/on" the razor itself, but I'll look closer and see.
  16. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn


    I put the pictures side by side for easier comparison

    gsb comparison 1.png
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  17. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    The razor. Not a great picture, but best I could come up with. There seems to be some discoloration that you can see, but it doesn't look like rust. It's smooth to the touch.

    the razor.jpg
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  18. S Barnhardt

    S Barnhardt Old, Crusty Barn

    One of my remaining 4 GSB blades. They all look the same.

    a remaining blade.jpg
    The remaining blades

    remaining gsb.jpg

    The statement of origin

    origin of blades.jpg

    The barcode

    gsb barcode.jpg
  19. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Yes that's fine.
    But whoever might have put that blade from another razor in that razor.
    It's really not a big deal imo.
    Blades are cheap!
    So long as your razor is in good shape.
    I wouldn't worry to much about it.
    Although it is interesting, because that rusty SS blade had been badly abused.

    Like I said, I wouldn't use a rusty blade.

    The truth about it is I never use a blade twice.
    I'm a one and done guy.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  20. DiggaDog

    DiggaDog Active Member

    OK, your blade has a thicker font for 'Silver Blue', and the 'i' in Gillette has a cupped top.
    My blades are about 3 - 4 years old (yes, I bought a few).
    Maybe later blades have changed the font?
    I did find a really old Silver Blue here, and it has the cupped top to the 'i', although my font looks to be slimmer.
    Who knows? Factory changing fonts maybe.
    Never seen a blade rust like that before.
    Reaction to your water (or your soap)?
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