The older Gillettes were fabricated of brass but could feature any of several different plating metals. I'm learning that they came plated in nickel, gold, silver, and, just saw in a thread here recently, rhodium. Didn't realize that any Gillette models came factory plated in rhodium. Later, the handles could be made of aluminum or plastic. What about current razors? Apparently the Feather razors are stainless steel. Merkur, Muhle, Parker, Weishi, Edwin Jagger, along with others are frequently mentioned here on the Forum. What is the underlying material from which these modern DE razors are fabricated? Are there any pitfalls to any of these. Are any more prone to losing their plating? Are they prone to denting, bending, or shattering if one suffers the misfortune of dropping one? Is there anything to look out when considering a modern razor?