Titanium was named after the Titans of Greek mythology. The element was discovered in Great Britain in the late 1700. Titanium has 2 key properties that make it great for a safety razor, 1) It is extremely corrosion resistant, almost as much as platinum and 2) it has one of the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal. It weighs about ½ the weight of stainless steel. Other qualities include its inert for those with metal allergies and the material is extremely hard making it dent resistant. It is very abundant on the earths’ surface however mining it can be expensive depending on the ore.
Most razors in the market use a grade 5 Titanium also called 6AL 4V. Grade 5 Titanium is a Titanium alloy containing 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium...grade 2 Titanium is the purest (99%). Grade 5 is significantly stronger. Despite Titaniums’ strength its biggest downside in a knife or cutthroat straight razor is it does not hold an edge as well as carbon steel. Titanium is extremely attractive with divers and the US Navy because of its extreme corrosion resistance, lightweight and is non-magnetic. It does require a lot of sharpening. What makes a blade hard is the ability to form carbon bonds with the metal. Titanium doesn’t lend itself to this bonding as a result it is not as hard as some heat-treated steels.
Cx-Titan safety razor(Limited Edition)
This material is used extensively in the aerospace industry and military industries, the Russians were the first to use it extensively in military applications however by the 1950’s it was used in high performance jets including the SR-71 Blackbird made by Lockheed in the 60’s. The material is also very inert and bio-compatible which makes it commonly used in the medical industry as implants. Machining Titanium is difficult and slow, special equipment and coolant is required to machine the material. The speed of machining Titanium is slower than Stainless Steel. The material price for Titanium is also significantly more than Stainless Steel. What makes this material particularly dangerous to machine is the chips can catch fire very easily, hence one of the importance of using a special coolant.
The famous titanium cockpit of the A10 Warthog
As with machining Titanium, polishing is also more difficult and requires more steps and more time to reach the same finish on our 316L Cx Razors. The material as mentioned is extremely hard...the finish on titanium is a more of a metallic white when compared to Stainless Steel...it explains why Titanium is used to make intensely white color pigments in the market.
The web plates further reduce weight of our titanium safety razor
The shave of our Cx-Ti models are very unique, what makes the most magical characteristics of a Titanium shave is the lightweight of the razor. We have periodically offered Carbon fiber and Titanium razors with a weight of 31 grams...this is about a 1/3 the weight of our Stainless Steel version, the Cx-316L. The feel or slickness on the face is similar to Stainless Steel however the lightweight gives you a more “gentle shave” and allows you to control the pressure. If you have sensitive skin a Titanium Cx will be much softer on your face using just the weight of the razor. We also offer 4 different plate levels in this material depending on your preference ranging from a mild to a more efficient shave.
We most recently added a DLC (Diamond-like Carbon) coating to our Cx Titanium line. Carbon is a unique element, what makes carbon unique is the way it is able to bind with itself in numerous unique ways, for example Graphite (Carbon) is one of the slickest surface and Diamonds (Carbon) are also one of the hardest materials. We use a TaC graphite based coating on our single edge Titanium safety razor, the Cx-Graphite. This coating is considered the purest form of the Diamond-like Carbon coatings and is used extensively in the space and car industries. If it is good enough for a F1 or a NASCAR crankshaft then it is good enough for our Cx DE safety razors. High end watch makers use this on their high-end models to reduce scratches on the surface. By applying the DLC coating we add the unique qualities of the element Carbon to the Titanium surface making it hard and slick! We couldn’t find anything to make our razor surface harder or slicker.
Cx-Graphite - DLC coating on Titanium
At carbon shaving Co. we only use USA sourced titanium, we machine and finish our titanium in Minneapolis Minnesota. Contact us if you have any questions or just want to talk about shaving....