I am quite interested in what goes into making a razor blade. There is a WHOLE LOT to it. See for example: http://www.shaving.com/history/blade.asp
Now I really have two (somewhat related) questions about razor blades:
1) Does anyone know whether carbon steel blades DE are still produced anywhere? Once upon a time, the Gillette "Blue Blade" -- a carbon steel blade -- was the most popular blade in America. Carbon steel is -- I understand -- capable of taking a wonderfully sharp edge. The disadvantage is that it corrodes faster than Stainless Steel. Anyway, if there are any modern carbon steel razor blades around, it would be interesting to try them.
2) Part of what interests me about carbon steel razor blades is that it would be a way of connecting with the shaving world of 50-75 years ago. Which leads to my next question: Do any of the -- ah hmm, excuse me -- more SENIOR users have recollections of using Blue Blades? Were they comparable in sharpness to a modern razor blade and just wore out faster? Or were they just plain not as good as modern blades?
(Along a similar line, does anyone recall the early stainless blades that came into the market in the 50s and 60s well enough to recall whether they were comparable to modern blades?)
Particularly because there is such enthusiasm for the RAZORS of the 1940s, I'm curious to know what it was actually like to use one "back in the day" with the carbon steel (and then early stainless steel) razor blades of that era. I use a beautiful late 1940s Gillette Aristocrat, and it's just interesting to speculate about the blades from its era.
So if anyone has information on contemporary carbon steel blades or memories of carbon steel of yesteryear, I'd be very interested. Thanks!