Stainless Steel - 100 Not Out!100 years of Stainless Steel
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2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield. The BSSA have selected 50 applications and features that demonstrate how stainless steel has influenced our lives so far.

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Giving You a Clean Shave

1925 steel razor blade

1925 Rusted Steel Razor Blade

early stainless steel razor blade

Early Stainless Steel Razor Blade

In 1956 the first stainless steel razor blades to be used in England were introduced by Wilkinson Sword, revolutionising the shaving products industry. Previously, carbon steel had been used to make the blades but this tended to rust easily and lasted only a short time in the humid environment of the bathroom.

High carbon martensitic stainless steel is used for today’s razor blades, as this type has an extremely high level of hardness and lasting sharpness along with the typical corrosion resistance of stainless steel. These properties significantly increase both the life and performance of the razor blade. Stainless steels perform well in applications where the maintenance of hygiene is important.

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