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.