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Hmm, I thought stainless steel = iron chromium alloy. So what's the big deal with having a chrome plating over stainless steel, isn't it just more of the same?
That's a really good point, and not personally having any expertise in this, I don't know for sure. I just spent an hour or so researching this ... and I think we'll just have to wait and find out for sure how well Feather's chrome plated stainless steel really lasts.
Even experts seem to disagree on the general concept of chrome plating stainless steel:
There does however seem to be some definite risk though if the chrome plating is overly thin or of poor quality. Two quotes from my research:
"A low quality chrome plating job with pinholes or porosity is much much worse than no plating at all; the plating electrochemically forces the underlying steel to rust."
"Still, I'd insist on the stainless steel because at least it has an established meaning, and because low quality chrome plating will accelerate corrosion rather than retard it."
The articles you're pointing out seem to be targeted towards motorist enthusiasts. As chrome plated parts are often used for decorative purposes and that vehicles are exposed to the elements more than anything the issue of corrosion becomes important. However for a razor you normally keep in indoors so corrosion is not that big of a problem.
For the price we're paying I would expect the chrome plating to be decent enough to last a long time. I would be interested to find out how the finish holds out in the long run. Anyone have any pics to share?