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    I am working on a couple of razors and before I finish them I want to make sure the blades are clean. Both are vintage carbon steel.

    My question is, would it hurt them to run them through a dental autoclave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkofsky View Post
    I am working on a couple of razors and before I finish them I want to make sure the blades are clean. Both are vintage carbon steel.

    My question is, would it hurt them to run them through a dental autoclave?
    From what I've read, an autoclave is probably too hot.

    When I need to disinfect a blade, I pull out my jug of Barbicide, mix according to directions, and let sit submersed for the recommended 10 minutes. Barbicide is an excellent product for that...kills everything.
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    The heat was my concern... I also have access to a cold sterilization bath, does the same as the barbacide.

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Nervermind the heat, what about the heat + 100% humidity + oxygen?
    Think about a carbon steel knife in a dishwasher. But worse.

    They are not made to be autoclaved. Rinse them with desinfectant if you must.
    But honestly, after sanding and polishing, there is nothing alive on that blade anymore.
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    +1 to Phranks response. IMO Barbicide can't be beat for what you are looking at doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno View Post
    Nervermind the heat, what about the heat + 100% humidity + oxygen?
    Think about a carbon steel knife in a dishwasher. But worse.

    They are not made to be autoclaved. Rinse them with desinfectant if you must.
    But honestly, after sanding and polishing, there is nothing alive on that blade anymore.
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    Honing removes steel, which is removing a lot more than an autoclave. I'd say don't worry about it.

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    What I do on a continuing basis is I've taken a tall narrow jar (like from olives), fill with mostly 92% rubbing alcohol and a tbs and a half of mineral oil., shake it up before each use and carefully dip the razor I had just used, rinsed off and dried in, and then with my finger distribute a bit of the oil film up to the pivot area. I can't remember which SRP member wrote about it first, but I've had no problem with my razors since I started using this method.
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    Soap and hot water is all that is needed
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    Im just curious has anyone considered the use of Iodophor / Betadine as a blade disinfectant? I've see open wounds painted with this stuff so it cant be too bad for you and it's bacteriacidal / virucidal properties are well known. I'm sure you would not want to get it on the scales of a razor as surely it would stain. Any thoughts?
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    Barbacide works great just follow the directions. I usually just pour an additional rocks glass of makers mark for my razors to sit in while I'm having one myself

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