09-19-2013, 04:58 PM
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Picked up some single edge razors the other day but not sure what models they are. Help!

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Thanks in advance for the info and enjoy those shaves

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 09-19-2013, 05:25 PM
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  • Harvey
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The Star and the Gem are basically the same razor...different handles based on the 1912 patent...Gem Junior...all turned out tobe owned by American safety razor company and use the same SE blades. The other one is a Ever Ready and can use the same blade but originally used a blade with no notches called the Rad'o Steel series D...all the blades fit under tiny notches on the front bar. The first 2 open from the back and the other one opens from the front . It was called the Shovelhead...you can see all of these on E-Bay under SE razors or Gem razors or Ever ready razors...the all shave by holding flat against the face and are loved by the SE crowd.Can buy the blades at the Drug store or on line.

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 09-19-2013, 07:52 PM
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  • geezer
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(09-19-2013, 05:25 PM)Harvey Wrote: The Star and the Gem are basically the same razor...different handles based on the 1912 patent...Gem Junior...all turned out to be owned by American safety razor company and use the same SE blades...snip... It was called the Shovelhead...you can see all of these on E-Bay under SE razors or Gem razors or Ever ready razors...the all shave by holding flat against the face and are loved by the SE crowd.Can buy the blades at the Drug store or on line.
Thank you!
~Richard
PS, Only buy stainless blades for them and , if GEM, the plastic coated ones.

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 09-20-2013, 04:04 AM
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Thanks gents, appreciate the information.

Why only stainless blades? Just more curiousity.

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 09-20-2013, 07:40 AM
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  • Harvey
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Considered smoother because they are coated...but each to their own...try them both or just get the drug store Gems to start...they work fine.

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 09-21-2013, 07:27 PM
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(09-20-2013, 04:04 AM)MichaelD Wrote: Thanks gents, appreciate the information.

Why only stainless blades? Just more curiousity.
get these [Image: bB98Vnp.jpg]

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 09-21-2013, 08:07 PM
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As already written blades are available at a lot of drugstores, but they're less expensive bought in bulk at Ted Pella (121-3 stock #), EMS, and the least expensive at Connaught shaving even with shipping them across the pond.

I forget what EMS calls them, SS extra sharp or some such.

Standard hardware store blades won't work even though they look like the same blades.

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 09-22-2013, 01:36 PM
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Thanks for the info folks.

Another question.....how do you rate the "aggresiveness" of these razors?? Oh, I also have a MicroMatic Clog Proof, where does that fit it??

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 09-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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I never used a Star 1912.

The GEM 1912 is mid aggressive as is the ER '24 Shovelhead (or a mite more). The OCMM is considered quite aggressive, more aggressive than the 1912 for some reason. It's a very efficient razor. I don't consider any of them to be beginner razors.

Use proper technique and you'll have no problem with any of them. Rate your technique as being better than it is and you'll have a face of hamburger since the razor doesn't grade on a bell curve.

If you can use a Slim set to 9 you should have no problem with them. Except the angle is different. You'll know when the angle is right by the "buttering toast" sound as the whiskers get cut.

Sorry, but I can't be more specific about razor aggressiveness since I love the really aggressive razors and I simply can't rate them accurately for others anymore. I've been using them, and more aggresive razors, for far too long.

Good luck with them. Let us know how you make out. Also, if they don't work for you now, just put them away for a time and come back to them later. No one starts out driving a high performance car, they are worked up to (if at all).

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 09-22-2013, 03:47 PM
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(09-21-2013, 07:27 PM)alex2363 Wrote:
(09-20-2013, 04:04 AM)MichaelD Wrote: Thanks gents, appreciate the information.

Why only stainless blades? Just more curiousity.
get these [Image: bB98Vnp.jpg]


Listen to this man. He knows of what he speaks! My favorite blades.

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 09-23-2013, 12:56 PM
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Not to hijack this thread...but where do you get yer nails done!!!!!! Beautimus!!!! Semper-fi MIke (couldn't resist....was waiting for someone else to do it!!!!!)

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 09-30-2013, 09:29 PM
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The 1912 Gem, paired with the coated stainless blades mentioned, can give you one of the best and most comfortable shaves available. The Gem Junior Bar razor is the only razor I know of that I prefer over the 1912.

Regards,
Tom

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