What Is the Best Material for a Razor Blade?

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High-carbon stainless steel is optimal.

MaterialSharpnessDurabilityMaintenanceCorrosion Resistance
High-Carbon SteelVery HighModerateHighLow
Stainless SteelHighHighModerateHigh
CeramicModerateVery HighLowVery High
Coated MetalsHighHighModerateHigh

High-carbon stainless steel is optimal due to its excellent balance of sharpness, durability, and corrosion resistance. It combines the best qualities of high-carbon steel and stainless steel, offering a sharp edge with less maintenance against rust.

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