08-25-2012, 06:02 AM
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Does anyone here actually cork blades to get them shave ready? I have some NOS blades that I picked up with a safety razor at an antique store a while ago, and they look great, no rust, but I'm worried about the edge of the blade. I've heard that running the blade through a cork or styrofoam will make the blades shave ready, but I thought I'd ask other's experience with this first.
Edit: You can't really make out the details on the red pack of blades, but they are Durham Duplex blades

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 08-25-2012, 06:09 AM
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I have heard of corking blades but never tried it. What I do is load a blade in a razor and very slightly run it on the side of my palm sort of like stropping.

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 08-25-2012, 07:02 AM
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I sometimes cork a Feather.....

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 08-25-2012, 07:36 AM
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Corking's only possible benefit is removing burrs and taming too sharp razors.

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 08-25-2012, 07:48 AM
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(08-25-2012, 07:36 AM)asharperrazor Wrote: Corking's only possible benefit is removing burrs and taming too sharp razors.

+1 i have only corked the Feather Professional blades that i use for The Cobra. i would not try this for DE blades unless the blade is TOO sharp for you.

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 08-25-2012, 08:36 AM
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Does anyone have first-hand experience to indicate whether or not corking removes the PTFE coating of blades (thus decreasing longevity)?

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 08-25-2012, 04:59 PM
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I corked a few, ages ago. They felt easier on my neck after I did this.

Nothing I now have on hand needs this. No problem ...

(08-25-2012, 08:36 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Does anyone have first-hand experience to indicate whether or not corking removes the PTFE coating of blades (thus decreasing longevity)?

The longest I use most blades is five shaves. So I don't know if it does or not, John.

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 08-25-2012, 05:16 PM
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What kind of blade did you cork, and what for?
(08-25-2012, 04:59 PM)Michael G Wrote: I corked a few, ages ago. They felt easier on my neck after I did this.

Nothing I now have on hand needs this. No problem ...


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 08-25-2012, 05:19 PM
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(08-25-2012, 05:16 PM)Grant_Atwood Wrote: What kind of blade did you cork, and what for?

I corked Merkur, Derby, Wally Wilks, and Indian Wilkinson. They were "tame" after I did it.

They were smoother feeling is what I mean.

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