10-04-2016, 06:17 AM
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Zamack, dark lord of the shaving underworld even japanese youth avoid dressing up as for ComicCon conventions. I keep hearing terror filled lamentations by people who probably make multiple signs of the cross should the very word cause the laptop screen to flutter. According to modern mythology, it's like the celtic hero who encounteres the fairie realm and spends a night dancing, only to ride out next morning to meet his descendants several generations forward, steps off his horse and crumbles to dust from age. 
A challenge! post photos of  Zamack razors crumbling like RMS Titanic.
Yours truly, Dorian Grey

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 10-04-2016, 07:43 AM
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This ZAMACk, Lord of Darkness, sounds like a scary fellow. I'm glad you posted this...Just in time for Halloween. I'll have nightmares for sure once folks start posting pictures.

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 10-04-2016, 09:08 AM
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(10-04-2016, 06:17 AM)kav Wrote: A challenge! post photos of  Zamack razors crumbling like RMS Titanic.
Yours truly, Dorian Grey
I'll be surprised if you get more than one or two. I bet our preoccupation with the robustness of Zamack is the potential of all the things that can go wrong.

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 10-04-2016, 09:14 AM
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I'll be surprised if we even get one or two Zamak razors crumbling - considering that Zamak was developed specifically to combat zinc-pest. Cheap pot metal razors like the Yuma on the other hand... but there is a world of difference between zamak and pot-metal, despite what the zamak-detractors claims.

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 10-04-2016, 09:18 AM
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A websearch for images of Zamack corrosion came up with a HOTWHEELS car showing white rot ( common to lead) and some pipe fitttings in a basement. I have a older razor. I am seriously considering a little test; file away a patch of chrome, bury it in the overwatered landscaping outside my window and let it sit a few months.

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 10-04-2016, 09:21 AM
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 10-04-2016, 11:32 PM
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So Kav, you're saying the Muhle Jet that had dings, a weasle sold to me from another forum should be a-okay? I'm glad if that's the case. I'm still annoyed whenever I see that razor and scared to use it.

Btw, I also have an old faithful Rotbart no.15, it's Zamak if my info is correct. It has some discoloration and it's not too pretty but I think it's holding up well.




On the same note, I had an aluminium razor. I dropped it, and the thread broke from the head. Oi.. Dodgy

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 10-05-2016, 07:06 AM
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A Muhle with dings sold by a weasle is no more acceptable than a Chevy Corvette recovered from Hurricane Katrina and sold by Fair Deal Freddy on an online auto auction site.

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 10-06-2016, 02:26 PM
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(10-05-2016, 07:06 AM)kav Wrote: A Muhle with dings sold by a weasle is no more acceptable than a Chevy Corvette recovered from Hurricane Katrina and sold by Fair Deal Freddy on an online auto auction site.

Sigh, do I know it.

Lesson learned with that one.

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 10-11-2016, 05:28 AM
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(10-04-2016, 09:14 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: ... but there is a world of difference between zamak and pot-metal, despite what the zamak-detractors claims.

While zamak is held to higher industrial standards, it is still considered a pot metal, as are all zinc alloys.

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 10-11-2016, 06:46 AM
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Why do I have this image of a unGREATFULL DEAD concert with Sonoma state earth mothers standing in queue( english for line) for Andrea Gump . Starshine Goldfarb turns to her friend and says ' I found out these things are made of pot metal' and Lady Madonna replies 'groovey, lets light it up'.
Once again, read Musashi's BOOK OF FIVE RIGS and his comments on a carpenter's use of various woods.

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 10-11-2016, 07:19 AM
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(10-11-2016, 06:46 AM)kav Wrote: Why do I have this image of a unGREATFULL DEAD concert with Sonoma state earth mothers standing in que( english for line) for Andrea Gump .

Yes, but it's "queue".

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 10-11-2016, 07:21 AM
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And I haven't had my tea.

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 10-11-2016, 07:24 AM
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(10-11-2016, 07:21 AM)kav Wrote: And I haven't had my tea.

Well, get it man! You can't properly wow us on TSN without your ration of caffeine.  Biggrin

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 10-11-2016, 07:37 AM
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It's the milk, daily sugar allowance and scones with strawberries that count.

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 10-11-2016, 02:33 PM
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(10-11-2016, 07:37 AM)kav Wrote: It's the milk, daily sugar allowance and scones with strawberries that count.

You put sugar in your tea? Cut that poison out man Biggrin

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 10-11-2016, 06:05 PM
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(10-04-2016, 06:17 AM)kav Wrote: A challenge! post photos of  Zamack razors crumbling like RMS Titanic.

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 10-13-2016, 08:05 AM
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(10-11-2016, 06:05 PM)TobyC Wrote:
(10-04-2016, 06:17 AM)kav Wrote: A challenge! post photos of  Zamack razors crumbling like RMS Titanic.

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They do exist! This now definitively proves the existence of Santa and the Easter Bunny as well Wink

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 10-13-2016, 04:34 PM
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I had a Star razor from the '60s that had a Zamac head and it was heavily pitted & the threads looked similar to TonyC's picture above. Though I didn't think enough of it to take a picture of.
Anyway I think that corrosion takes place in part because it's plated. Once the plating is compromised it becomes like a greenhouse for corrosion of zinc. Same is true for post 1982 zinc filled Lincoln pennies. Exposed zinc isn't as susceptible to corrosion which is why it is used to galvanize metal. Go to an old graveyard and look for 'zinkers' -- tombstones & monuments made of Zamac or “white bronze” as it was marketed back in the day and you can find  150 year old castings exposed to the elements in good shape.

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