Poll: Steel or brass?
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Stainless 303 Steel
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 12-18-2018, 02:06 AM
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I've managed to put aside enough money over the year to splurge a little... and I'm torn. Should I get a high end artisan razor in stainless steel, or in brass? Both polished, and the only difference otherwise is length (the brass is 15 mm longer).

I appreciate your input Gents.

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 12-18-2018, 03:31 AM
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I didn't know they made the RAW RS-10 in brass.... Winky 
But, SS unless you enjoy polishing brass.

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 12-18-2018, 04:28 AM
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Do you intend to let the brass tarnish naturally?  If not, you're looking at having to polish it regularly to keep it looking shiny.  Unless you enjoy the polishing, it can become a chore.

I had a brass Timeless, but decided I prefer stainless.

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 12-18-2018, 04:49 AM
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I''m curious abut the actual feel of brass or SS during the shave. Which one is smoother?

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 12-18-2018, 05:15 AM
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For both the weight and low maintenance, SS for sure.

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 12-18-2018, 05:35 AM
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(12-18-2018, 04:49 AM)georgetoon Wrote: I''m curious abut the actual feel of brass or SS during the shave. Which one is smoother?
They feel exactly the same to me. Both glide very well, all other things being equal.

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 12-18-2018, 06:59 AM
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(12-18-2018, 05:35 AM)sgrdddy Wrote:
(12-18-2018, 04:49 AM)georgetoon Wrote: I''m curious abut the actual feel of brass or SS during the shave. Which one is smoother?
They feel exactly the same to me. Both glide very well, all other things being equal.

+1

Hans, you should be aware that any highly polished razor will exhibit minor surface scratches that will be visible. Therefore, if you don't want this, then I would choose a machined finish steel or a natural bronze finish. 
Good luck.

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 12-18-2018, 09:58 AM
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If the razor should remain its polished, glossy finish, my vote goes to Stainless Steel.
Brass will build up patina also if you clean / dry the razor after use. Brass requires polishing to remain glossy.
Brass will retain heat better than stainless, this is perhaps another factor to consider.

Regards Marco

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 12-18-2018, 10:07 AM
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I sort of like the idea of a patina building up over time.  Perhaps this will give the razor a classic vintage look?Smile   I also like the heat retention advantage of brass.

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 12-18-2018, 05:52 PM
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I would go with stainless steel because you said it’s shorter and I prefer shorter handles. The brass also requires more maintenance. I can leave the blade in my stainless razors between shaves, but I can’t do that with my brass Karve. It will leave black spots that have to be polished off,

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 12-18-2018, 06:56 PM
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I'll be the outcast and say brass.

I can't explain it but brass just feels better in my hand. It's a "warmer" metal. A bit heavier as well. I like the patina I get with brass.

I don't leave blades in my razor so no worries there.

Maintenance? Sure it's a bit more. But not much. A little spit and polish and it will look like new - if you want to.

If you are the type of guy that enjoys mechanical watches and fountain pens - go brass.

If you're an Apple Watch guy - stainless.

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 12-18-2018, 10:09 PM
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All good arguments Gents.. I'm still waffling a bit though - I like the look of both versions - so if anyone have any more to add?

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 12-19-2018, 12:19 AM
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(12-18-2018, 04:49 AM)georgetoon Wrote: I''m curious abut the actual feel of brass or SS during the shave. Which one is smoother?

I had a Stainless Colonial General and a Brass Colonial General, and to be perfectly honest, the brass felt a little smoother to me. Now keep in mind these are supposedly the exact same razor, but they’re not. They have the same machining, but ever so slightly different finishes. I also use a larger handle on the brass, whereas on the stainless I used the one that came with it. Also note, there is a slight smell from brass, which I don’t mind, but I’ve seen people seek razors (both brass and copper) because they couldn’t handle the smell of the actual metal.

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 12-19-2018, 11:38 AM
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It would also depend on what razor it is. 

If it is a Wolfman - my vote goes to SS
If it is a Colonial - I would go with Brass
If it is a BlackBird - I would get them both! Angel

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 12-19-2018, 12:46 PM
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(12-19-2018, 11:38 AM)ARGH Wrote: It would also depend on what razor it is. 

If it is a Wolfman - my vote goes to SS
If it is a Colonial - I would go with Brass
If it is a BlackBird - I would get them both! Angel

It's neither Wink

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 12-19-2018, 01:15 PM
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then I would certainly get both and later would have sold the one that I liked less  Cool

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 12-19-2018, 01:26 PM
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(12-19-2018, 01:15 PM)ARGH Wrote: then I would certainly get both and later would have sold the one that I liked less  Cool

...if the budget allowed for that... but it don't :/

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 12-19-2018, 03:59 PM
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Get the brass...you know that’s the way you are leaning! A coca-cola bath for half hour once a week will keep it looking great!

Vr

Matt

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 12-20-2018, 06:47 AM
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The only reason I don't like brass is because of the patina. I don't find it attractive. Here's a picture of my brass Karve that I used this morning. The patina just makes the razor look dirty to me. I prefer polished stainless.


[Image: NEUKS2l.jpg]

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 12-20-2018, 07:05 AM
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I like the patina on the Charcoal Goods, but I prefer the polished SS on the Wolfman, though I'd love to have a brass, or bronze, as well. The Blackbird I like the machine finish. This because the polished version knocks the sharp corners off. If they did that with a S&W or a Colt it would be rejected.

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