01-13-2016, 07:56 AM
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I was looking at razors this A.M. and noticed the increasing use of stainless steel. I remember the first 440 knives; impossible to sharpen but  impervious to rust. Then Smith & Wesson brought out a  S/S model 60 and today you can buy all manner of knives and firearms
in vastly improved S/S.
Yes, it has advantages and I recognize the progression of lithic/bone/wood  to copper, bronze, iron ( first from meteorites) steel, stainless and a laundry list like titanium and aluminium.
But,  cosmetically it has to be utterly the most BORING material. We are in a posting frenzy over a LE bronze set. My old Colt with case color rainbow and deep hot bluing gets shooting range looks akin to castrated dogs when a French Poodle walks by in heat. The owner of a S/S steel De Lorean BEGGED me to trade my MGA coupe pink for pink and most chefs still swear by carbon steel knives.
O.K. you can set up CAD machines and other processes not found in a blacksmith shop using a length of rail for an anvil and make tolerances closer than nuclear submarine specs.
But God, it's boring.

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 01-13-2016, 08:02 AM
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Good old fashioned brass, wood, and crafts don't get the respect they deserve these days... partly due to people lacking the knowledge about what goes into making things in the old ways, partly because fewer people know how to take proper care of their gear, and partly because not many can afford it any longer.

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 01-13-2016, 08:04 AM
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I loved the smell of my blue steel Ruger .357 in the morning.

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 01-13-2016, 08:19 AM
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(01-13-2016, 08:04 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: I loved the smell of my blue steel Ruger .357 in the morning.

Does is smells like... victory? Biggrin

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 01-13-2016, 08:25 AM
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As someone who mostly uses vintage Gillette razors, I was wondering... What happened to make Brass go so out of favor, particularly in the 1960s?

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 01-13-2016, 08:38 AM
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I like my soulless steel razors.  I like the looks and the weight and the way they shave.  That's what makes this world interesting though.  Everyone has a different opinion.  If you look at the polished Wolfman razors, they are similar in look to the chrome plated brass in the old Gillettes.

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 01-13-2016, 08:43 AM
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While I agree that bronze has more character than steel, I enjoy steel because of the lack of upkeep necessary to maintain the razor looking good. To each his own though.

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 01-13-2016, 08:43 AM
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Vietnam- It all went to small arms muntitions and gave rise to PVC pipe etc. Then a president unnamed gave a trade advantage to a foreign copper producing nation and Kennecott almost went bust much like the recent collapse of ALCOA US production of aluminium vs Chinese imports.Steel or brass; at least it isn't suffocating us like plastic waste.

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 01-13-2016, 08:50 AM
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As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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 01-13-2016, 08:57 AM
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(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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My sentiments exactly!

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 01-13-2016, 10:28 AM
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(01-13-2016, 08:19 AM)Aleksey Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:04 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: I loved the smell of my blue steel Ruger .357 in the morning.

Does is smells like... victory? Biggrin

I was trying to avoid going full Duvall.

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 01-13-2016, 10:42 AM
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Steel is awesome, but lately I've been looking at brass and titanium. Somehow I have an affinity for those metals.

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 01-13-2016, 10:46 AM
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I prefer Brass and Titanium, over stainless, too. Titanium has a very nice interesting hue and brass just shows patina. What about coated stainless like Toby's work?

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 01-13-2016, 10:49 AM
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(01-13-2016, 10:46 AM)Aleksey Wrote: I prefer Brass and Titanium, over stainless, too. Titanium has a very nice interesting hue and brass just shows patina. What about coated stainless like Toby's work?

Do you prefer them for the look or performance metrics? I'm sure each would slip differently depending on how they are made, and obviously weight and balance makes a difference.

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 01-13-2016, 11:05 AM
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(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...

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 01-13-2016, 11:07 AM
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(01-13-2016, 11:05 AM)gwsmallwood Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...
LMBO, too true my friend.

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 01-13-2016, 12:12 PM
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(01-13-2016, 11:05 AM)gwsmallwood Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...

Yeah I'm not one for aluminum handles/heads. I like a razor to have a little heft to it.

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 01-13-2016, 12:20 PM
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I have a couple stainless razors and they are definitely my favorites. That being said I would really like to try out a Brass razor. Honestly not really too interested in the aluminum either.

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 01-13-2016, 12:22 PM
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(01-13-2016, 11:05 AM)gwsmallwood Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...

Same - with the exception of titanium, more lightweight materials don't appeal to me. Titanium can get away with it though because it's built like a tank.

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 01-13-2016, 12:42 PM
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(01-13-2016, 12:12 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 11:05 AM)gwsmallwood Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...

Yeah I'm not one for aluminum handles/heads. I like a razor to have a little heft to it.

(01-13-2016, 12:20 PM)Oasisdave Wrote: I have a couple stainless razors and they are definitely my favorites. That being said I would really like to try out a Brass razor. Honestly not really too interested in the aluminum either.

(01-13-2016, 12:22 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 11:05 AM)gwsmallwood Wrote:
(01-13-2016, 08:50 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: As long as its beautiful and works, I have no complaints.

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And sufficiently heavy.  I'm not crazy about a light weight razor, but otherwise, I don't think I'd be too picky about material as long as it's made to last.  I think the ATT sets and the Wolfman razors are quite beautiful.  Soulless, maybe, but many pretty things are...

Same - with the exception of titanium, more lightweight materials don't appeal to me. Titanium can get away with it though because it's built like a tank.

I've heard the Ikon aluminum heads actually have pretty good heft to them.  I would imagine Titanium would be far too light.  I have a titanium watch that I can barely tell is on my wrist.

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