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Carbon-steel blades and rust

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Carbon-steel blades are nice and sharp—and the Treet Blue Special remains my favorite blade—but the edge wil be rusting if you don’t Take Steps. One method is simply to use a new blade for each shave—the blades are cheap, and you can shave for a month with this method and still spend less than for one Gillette Fusion disposable multi-blade cartridge.

Another, as you know from reading my book [cough, cough], is to rinse the head of the razor in 99% (or 91%) rubbing alcohol at the end of the shave: the alcohol displaces the water and then evaporates, leaving the blade dry.

And now Steve of Kafeneio has discovered a new technique, which is much simpler.

I would say, though, that those who suffer from acne or razor bumps should continue using the alcohol rinse at the end of the shave, regardless of type of blade (carbon steel or stainless). For those, the alcohol rinse is for sterilization, not to provent rust.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 July 2008 at 10:03 am

Posted in Shaving

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