09-24-2012, 05:30 PM
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When I first started using a safety razor (SE) I had the best shaves in my life. I left the blades in the washroom and over time (6 months) I noticed the shaves seemed to lack the cleanness I first got.

It probably has been discussed before but does moisture in the air from showers and bathing, etc. affect the blades edge?

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 09-24-2012, 06:17 PM
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Here's how I roll...

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Throw some silica packets in with your blades and you're good to go, moisture free.

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 09-24-2012, 06:40 PM
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Blade humidor! Brilliant!
(09-24-2012, 06:17 PM)dashmaverick Wrote: Here's how I roll...

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Throw some silica packets in with your blades and you're good to go, moisture free.

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 09-24-2012, 06:53 PM
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  • Shanman
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I use the latch top plastic type containers with the silicone seal and some dessicant packs from vitamins tossed in.

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 09-24-2012, 06:56 PM
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You'll find silica packets when buying dress shoes or a leather jacket - sometimes in wicker products too. I find they work great at keeping moisture away. I measured and cut some cardboard dividers to keep it all organized. I've stored my blades this way for a few years now - kept in my bathroom - and have never encountered any problems with rusting or corrosion.

You don't need a cigar box, any box will do - a nice tupperware container would work just as well. The key is the silica packets.

(09-24-2012, 06:53 PM)Shanman Wrote: I use the latch top plastic type containers with the silicone seal and some dessicant packs from vitamins tossed in.

Yep, silica packs/dessicant packs... same thing...

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 09-24-2012, 07:41 PM
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Beautiful Maverick! My humble entry -

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(There may be a PIF or two in that box!)

~Frank

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 09-24-2012, 07:44 PM
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(09-24-2012, 05:30 PM)Dick DeKoko Wrote: It probably has been discussed before but does moisture in the air from showers and bathing, etc. affect the blades edge?

I don't know if it makes a difference or not but I store my blades in a cigar box in my bedroom and only keep a few in the bathroom.

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 09-24-2012, 07:44 PM
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Dick, in SE especially, carbon steel blades are commonly found. Yes, atmospheric moisture will degrade CS blades; you won't see it with the naked eye. I've NEVER used a vintage CS blade that was worth using or lasted through more than a pass or 2 before being changed out. You may have gotten some CS steel blades. Rite-Aid and CVS are two places I know of that have CS blades.

Stainless steel blades are quite different however. Store them any way you want. In a tub of water if you want and they'll be good 30 years from now. I have a few DE SS blades that are at least 40 years old and they're fantastic. I've tested quite a few vintage SS blades and all were as good as the day they left the factory.

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 09-25-2012, 08:55 AM
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  • Howler
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I use a plastic pencil storage box, works great for me.

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 09-25-2012, 08:59 AM
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I've never had a problem, because I keep all my stainless blades - except the one I am currently using - in my bedroom instead of the bathroom. They seem to have a very long shelf life.

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 09-25-2012, 11:32 AM
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(09-25-2012, 08:59 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I've never had a problem, because I keep all my stainless blades - except the one I am currently using - in my bedroom instead of the bathroom. They seem to have a very long shelf life.

Well right...
Makes perfect sense.If deterioration form moisture is a concern first thing is don't keep blades in a bathroom no matter what.Blades don't take up much room even if you have a lot of them.I throw mine off to the side in a dresser drawer next to clothes.

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 09-25-2012, 02:03 PM
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Thanks folks. The blades I have are from CVS or Walgreens, don't remember...I removed them from the bathroom.

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 09-25-2012, 02:42 PM
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Walgreens SE blades are SS which should pose no problem. If from Walgreens they'll have "stainless" imprinted on the spine. If from CVS (xxx 90) or some such on the spine. Anything other than "stainless" means they'll rust. From what yoy write, the damage is done and store them any way you want at this point. I'd trash them and move on with new knowledge.

If you intend to stay with SE razors consider buying blades in bulk from Ted Pella or EMS. You'll pay at least 1/2 what you're paying now (delivered), and they're SS. Ted Pellas stock # is 131-3 I think. The blades you want are triple facet ptfe coated SS. EMS calls them extra sharp or some such, SS and ptfe too. If you don't find them get back to me and I'll go onto the site to double check.

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 09-25-2012, 02:46 PM
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Thanks ShadowsDad but they will no longer ship to a home address and the shipping to Canada is a little steep anyway.

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 09-25-2012, 06:48 PM
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(09-25-2012, 02:46 PM)Dick DeKoko Wrote: Thanks ShadowsDad but they will no longer ship to a home address and the shipping to Canada is a little steep anyway.

I'm real close to ordering 200 SE Blades from here:

http://connaughtshaving.com/gemss.html

GEM Single Edge Stainless Steel PTFE coated Razor blades (Model 62-0165)

I emailed Peter from Connaught, he confirmed the above info is correct

Price is right and shipping to the US seems reasonable.

A story from the world of sports that relates to storage & taking care of things we value:
http://m.bendbulletin.com/bb/pm_105819/c...d=G0wXDw6V

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