Stainless or carbon steel?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Lancre, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Lancre

    Lancre Well-Known Member


    Does anyone here know what these blades are made from?

    I recently acquired a Schick Eversharp injector razor and some blades to go with it. I was seriously underwhelmed by the performance, and I wonder what the blades are made of. Vintage stainless steel blades are usually fine, but carbon steel blades don't tend to age well, which would explain the poor performance.
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  2. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    Carbon. If they've been well preserved they'll shave fine, as long as one knows that carbon feels different from stainless. Assuming good storage/no rust, I have never believed carbon edges spontaneously dull over time...however, old carbon injector blades don't compare as well to old carbon DE blades (that's how they feel to me). I still have a couple handfuls of vintage carbon DEs of several brands, but ditched all non-stainless injector blades long ago for just that reason.
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  3. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Yup I would say Carbon. I have never had a vintage injector CS blade that shaved.
  4. Lancre

    Lancre Well-Known Member

    Proper storage is a huge IF. I've never run across a vintage carbon DE blade I liked. New carbons are another story.
    On the SE side, I get comparable shaves from the coated SS Gem blades and the new carbons from CVS.

    I'll have to get some new SS injector blades before I make a final judgement on the Eversharp.

    Thanks, guys.
  5. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    A good source of nice Personna PTFE coated blades is @Linuxguile.
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  6. johnnyflake

    johnnyflake Well-Known Member

    I'd agree that they are carbon. I may be wrong, but as far as I can recall, in the five months that I have been in the hobby, all 20 blade dispensers, have had carbon steel blades in them.
  7. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    I assume the black dispenser is WW2 issue?
  8. Lancre

    Lancre Well-Known Member

    I didn't know that. I guess you learn something new each day.

    I have no idea. I'm not that familiar with injector blades.

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