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The new Paradigm stainless steel has the quality and attention to detail you expect from Paradigm. Rather than take the titanium razor and simply remake it in stainless steel, we have redesigned the razor from the ground up; a "redo" in stainless would have  had far too much mass, especially in the handle. The head design is a bit more modern looking, and the shave, while still very efficient, is a bit less aggressive. Over time, razors will be offered with both the more and less aggressive shaving profiles.

The handle is also completely redesigned, both for interest and to reduce mass. It is only 80mm long and is round. Still present is the trademark Paradigm geometric motif, with elegance in simplicity. The razor has a mirror finish that other manufacturers can only envy -- they sure can't achieve it. The total weight is 100 grams.

We are also using a remarkable new material: 17-4 stainless steel. This is aerospace grade stainless. To our knowledge, it is the first heat treatable stainless ever to be used in a double edge safety razor.

It has some very interesting properties as compared with the 300 series steels used in most razors. First, it takes a very bright polish, which is simply not possible to attain in 300 series steels. Second, it will keep that polish, as it is very hard, and accordingly very difficult to scratch. The steel which other manufacturers use cuts like butter, which is nice and cheap to machine, but not so good when you bang it against the faucet.

The downside of 17-4 is that it is difficult and expensive to machine. In fact, it is as difficult to machine as titanium, if machined in the "as annealed" state, which means prior to heat treatment. This is what we do, because it is the only way to obtain the hardest possible end result in this steel.

 

Razor parts following heat treatment and before initial passivation. Prototype parts.

Razor parts following heat treatment and before initial passivation. Prototype parts.

Close up showing detail of handle. A sharp eye will note that there are actually two different sizes of diamonds.

Close up showing detail of handle. A sharp eye will note that there are actually two different sizes of diamonds.