05-26-2015, 09:37 PM
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  • josephd
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Hello gentlemen,

I was cleaning my Muhle R41 today and some chrome flaked off the comb's bottom outside corner, this is likely caused by dropping it in the sink twice over the last few months.

Assuming it flakes further would it effect my shave?

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 05-26-2015, 09:44 PM
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The chrome is really to protect the razor materials. As far as I know, it won't impact the shave as long as the metal inside does not disintegrate. 

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 05-26-2015, 09:46 PM
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it is more likely because it is made out of pot metal that it is flaking. You wont find an 80 year old chrome plated Micromatic flaking simply because I was dropped in the sink. This isn't the first report I've heard about flaking new pot metal razors. I'm just surprised it didn't break.

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 05-26-2015, 10:10 PM
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It shouldn't affect your shave in the slightest, but you may want to try coating or protecting that area with some form of sealant/sealer so that water won't compromise the 'pot-metal'/zamak used to make these heads, or just make sure to dry it well after your shaves. These modern razors are not made as well as the vintage ones unless they are the stainless steel versions. 
Good luck. 

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 05-27-2015, 01:03 PM
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  • josephd
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I clean and dry it after each shave. I think it's brass so it should hold up okay.

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 05-27-2015, 01:29 PM
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(05-27-2015, 01:03 PM)josephd Wrote: I clean and dry it after each shave. I think it's brass so it should hold up okay.

 I am almost certain that Muhle does not use brass in their razor heads.

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 05-27-2015, 01:53 PM
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(05-27-2015, 01:29 PM)celestino Wrote:
(05-27-2015, 01:03 PM)josephd Wrote: I clean and dry it after each shave. I think it's brass so it should hold up okay.

 I am almost certain that Muhle does not use brass in their razor heads.

Zamak is usually copper plated prior to plating with other metals (chrome, nickel, rhodium).  If it looks like brass under the chrome, that's probably why.

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 05-27-2015, 01:58 PM
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Dittos. I'm almost 100% certain that it's pot metal unless they changed over to brass casting from pot metal.

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 05-27-2015, 03:45 PM
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Say guys, this discussion has prompted my question: What modern manufacturer uses stainless steel razor heads or heads manufactured from brass? I seem to recall that a salesman at the Art of Shaving store (located in Cherry Hill, NJ) recommended my purchasing the Merkur 38C, instead of Muhle R89, because it supposedly had a better made razor head. I may have misunderstood him, but is the Merkur head better constructed than its German competitor? Also, is the Edwin Jagger DE89 head better made than the Muhle R89 head? Love to hear your comments!

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 05-27-2015, 06:43 PM
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Stainless Steel: 
* Weber (handles, only as they recently discontinued the heads)
* Ikon
* Feather AS-D1/2
* ATT
* Pils
* Wolfman Razors

Brass:
* Matador Razors makes chrome-plated brass handles

Please, feel free to add to the list as I am sure I have missed a few.  Blush

                        

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 05-27-2015, 07:04 PM
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If your an r41 man give the fatip a try. Brass construction and just a tad milder than the r41. One of the above the tie models is supposed to be close to the r41,and IIRC it's stainless. I ditched the r41 handle within a week of owning it for a chrome /brass one and no matter how slick my hands are it's not going anywhere. I actually started a thread looking for handle Ideas and there are some really nice handles to be had from $10 up.

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 05-27-2015, 07:28 PM
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Is that the thread titled Large non-custom DE razor handle? 



 

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