03-08-2015, 09:28 AM
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hi all. ive got a real pretty GEM featherweight on the way, complete  with 25 ted pella blades. can someone help me please with a tutorial on how to open the head and install the blade? thanks  Smile

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 03-08-2015, 10:26 AM
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 03-08-2015, 10:49 AM
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The featherweight is a great razor. I have my grandfathers plus a 1912 like the one shown. They provide great feedback and are very audible when you shave. Just use short light strokes and you should be BBS with no issues. Don't try to rush! They can bite if not careful!

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 03-08-2015, 11:15 AM
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(03-08-2015, 10:49 AM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: The featherweight is a great razor. I have my grandfathers plus a 1912 like the one shown. They provide great feedback and are very audible when you shave. Just use short light strokes and you should be BBS with no issues. Don't try to rush! They can bite if not careful!

Freddie, i just traded my slim adjustable black beauty for a relatively rare tech because the bb kept biting me. no matter what i tried to change; setting, blade, angle, pressure, soap, prep, the razor knicked or bit me good. the tech is a proven winner for me. i'm hoping the gem treats me kindly.

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 03-08-2015, 11:41 AM
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My first shave with the featherweight left me with a couple weepers. After that I made sure to pay attention to my angle and just use the lighter, shorter strokes. I didn't care much for my BB either and wound up selling.

My current DD's has become my shave craft 102 and Schick adjustable injector but I make sure to use one of the GEM's at least 1 -2 times a week. I make sure to use a soap like B&M, SV, or CRSW for optimal slickness etc. 

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 03-08-2015, 12:12 PM
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The FW is a nice SE razor. It's the SE razor that I learned on and I still use one from time to time.

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 03-08-2015, 12:15 PM
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(03-08-2015, 10:26 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: http://youtu.be/tjgtP0FAGTY

Thanks, Brian! It looks pretty simple.

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 03-08-2015, 12:17 PM
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Load the blade as per the video - just make certain that the corners of the blade are underneath and hard up against the blade stops. 

The biggest difference between SE and DE shaving is the blade angle - SE's require a much more shallow blade angle. Start with the cap of the razor almost against your face and work from there.

IMHO the Featherweight doesn't get the love it deserves. It's a smooth shaver and a great intro to SE shaving. Enjoy!

--Bob 

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 03-08-2015, 03:39 PM
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(03-08-2015, 12:17 PM)spidey9 Wrote: Load the blade as per the video - just make certain that the corners of the blade are underneath and hard up against the blade stops. 

The biggest difference between SE and DE shaving is the blade angle - SE's require a much more shallow blade angle. Start with the cap of the razor almost against your face and work from there.

IMHO the Featherweight doesn't get the love it deserves. It's a smooth shaver and a great intro to SE shaving. Enjoy!

--Bob 

Thanks, Bob. I'm looking forward to it!

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 03-08-2015, 03:42 PM
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(03-08-2015, 12:12 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: The FW is a nice SE razor. It's the SE razor that I learned on and I still use one from time to time.

Brian, thanks for the encouragement.

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 03-08-2015, 05:58 PM
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Love the Featherweight.  One of the mildest of the SE razors.  Looks great too.

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 03-08-2015, 06:33 PM
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I prefer the Push Button because it is better looking but it shaves the same although the FW has more blade exposure. The PB is one of my favorites. It is extremely mild and I can underestimate it sometimes. I learned to SE shave with the r41 of the SE world-- the Ever Ready 1924 and did very well with no cuts. But the PB and the FW left me with a couple of weepers at first because I was underestimating them. I use all my SEs flat against my face and Slightly off-flat when going for a WTG pass. The official instructions say flat.

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 03-13-2015, 08:49 PM
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It arrived today! Shave in the morning Smile

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 03-13-2015, 10:34 PM
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I love mine, got into SE shaving a few months ago. I also have a Gem Micromatic and a Gem Damaskeene. Once you get the angle down they give great shaves.
George 

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 03-19-2015, 09:37 AM
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It was a short-lived experiment. Presently, SE is not for me. I'm sticking with DE for the time being. Down the road I may reconsider, but for now I'm staying in my comfort zone. 

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 04-08-2015, 04:27 PM
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One problem some folks have is that the blade jumps out of the end stops when the cap closes and is un-noticed when starting the shave. Happened to me. The closing of the cap needs to be watched or Ooops!
Either way, you tried it and it may be a better choice in the future.
Have fun!
~Richard

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 10-27-2015, 07:28 AM
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(04-08-2015, 04:27 PM)geezer Wrote: One problem some folks have is that the blade jumps out of the end stops when the cap closes and is un-noticed when starting the shave. Happened to me. The closing of the cap needs to be watched or Ooops!
Either way, you tried it and it may be a better choice in the future.
Have fun!
~Richard

Richard, you were right. And the future is now! Since the summer I've picked up 3 SEs; 2 Featherweights (my first one was defective) and an OCMM. What great shaves! Like it says on my sig line, I'm a L.O.S.E.R. This is so much fun!

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