05-24-2012, 08:46 PM
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I have two gem SE razors my friend lent me which might finally get some use soon. what are some of the better SE blades out there? I know some local stores do stock SE blades, like GEMs and Treets, for example.

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 05-24-2012, 09:07 PM
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  • CMur12
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Hi Andrew -

The GEMs are stainless and the Treets are carbon steel. Both are made by ASR. Ted Pella sells a variety of SE blades, but the ones everyone means when they say "the Ted Pella blades" are the PTFE-coated GEMs in stainless steel.

The stainless blades are a little smoother and they last a little longer than the carbon steel. The PTFE-coated ones are a little smoother still.

HOWEVER ... while most seem to prefer the stainless blades, I find them most notably duller. The carbon steel blades mow right through the whiskers with the lightest touch, while I have to apply some pressure to the stainless blades to get the same cut, and this results in added irritation. SO ... I only use carbon steel blades (in my case, the Treets, which I can get locally).

Other carbon steel blades made by ASR are the GEM Blue Stars and the PALs.

You, of course, will only know which you prefer by trying them. Don't get the blades sold in hardware stores because they are made for scrapers and the like. They aren't made to the same standard.

Good luck, Andrew.

- Murray

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 05-25-2012, 12:21 AM
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  • Dave
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Andrew I'll send you a few of the PTFE Coated GEM blades when I send your shave sticks

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 05-25-2012, 04:02 AM
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I had heard that the Treet blades were sharper. After using GEM blades for a couple years I tried some Treet blades, and was pleased to learn they are very good. I do not find it hard to dry the blade quickly so it does not rust. But, I still use the GEM blades that I have as they deliver a good shave, too

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 05-25-2012, 01:06 PM
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You might find this to be of interest:
SE blades

FWIW, I've used both SS and CS GEM blades and liked them both. Of course the CS blades want more attention. They lasted just as long as the SS blades last for me.

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 05-25-2012, 02:00 PM
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I've only used two brands of SE blades, Gem and Dorko. I've used numerous Gem blades and only one Dorko. The Gems have always been good and the Dorko is an experience I don't want to repeat!

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 05-25-2012, 02:07 PM
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Gem PTFE from Ted Pella. Bought 200 of them so I'm set for quite awhile.

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 05-25-2012, 02:21 PM
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I've only used two brands of SE blades, Gem and Dorko. I've used numerous Gem blades and only one Dorko. The Gems have always been good and the Dorko was an experience I don't want to repeat!

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 05-25-2012, 08:21 PM
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I've used the GEM PTFE and the GEM Blue Star and both are very good. In fact, I used the Blue Star last week in a variety of SE razors and got seven days of very nice shaves from a single blade.

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 05-26-2012, 11:06 AM
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The PTFE Gems sold through Ted Pella are also available from razorbladesandmore in smaller quantities. I've also heard more than one person claim that the Stainless PTFE GEMS pictured above (widely available at Walgreens) are the same as the Ted Pellas.

I like the Treets/PALS/Blue Stars in lighter weight razors - like Featherweights. I like the Pellas in the heavier razors like Micromatics, push buttons, 1912 models and the Damaskeene.

SEs are a lot of fun.

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 05-26-2012, 03:21 PM
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thanks for the responses. Dave has a few SE blades coming my way that he tucked in with a trade we made.

on a site note, what does 'PTFE' mean?

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 05-26-2012, 03:22 PM
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(05-26-2012, 03:21 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: thanks for the responses. Dave has a few SE blades coming my way he tucked in with a trade we made.

on a site note, what does 'PTFE' mean?

Polytetrafluoroethylene

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytetrafluoroethylene

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 05-26-2012, 03:33 PM
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(05-26-2012, 03:22 PM)GDCarrington Wrote:
(05-26-2012, 03:21 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: thanks for the responses. Dave has a few SE blades coming my way he tucked in with a trade we made.

on a site note, what does 'PTFE' mean?

Polytetrafluoroethylene

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytetrafluoroethylene

talk about a LONG name. thanks for noting what it means.

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 05-26-2012, 08:56 PM
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Or it can be shortened to Teflon, but that's a trade name.

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 05-27-2012, 02:21 PM
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(05-26-2012, 08:56 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Or it can be shortened to Teflon, but that's a trade name.

gotta love patents, and trademarks and registered names, etc...

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