On a recent show a caller said hubby had been scraping a sticker off the windshield & accidentally got a razor blade lost in the airbag area. The caller asked Ray for ideas how to retrieve it. Ray said to use a magnet, but since the razor blade was probably stainless steel, she’d have to stick the magnet to the back end of the razor blade, not the sharp, cutting front part. The back end of those single edge “scraper” razor blades, Ray said, is made of regular carbon steel, not stainless steel, so a magnet will stick to that part.
I got to thinking about this and decided to try an experiment, see if a magnet will stick to stainless steel or not. First I tried a stainless steel pot. Sure enough, the magnet wouldn’t stick to that. It just fell off. Next I tried a stainless steel steak knife. Ooops. The magnet stuck to that w/no problem.
So is that all to be expected? Is stainless steel made in different ways? The variety intended for cutting more magnet-attracting than stainless steel intended for cooking? If so, then wouldn’t the magnet stick to the stainless steel part of the razor blade too?