06-17-2012, 08:50 PM
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Tonight I shaved with the GEM 1912, loaded with a GEM Stainless blade that Dave sent me, using an arko stick and a NF 2201 brush.

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does that suffice?

Simply amazing!!

I LOVED hearing the feedback from the blade cutting my hairs as it's easier to properly adjust the cutting angle on the razor. Also, I have long piano fingers and usually hate shorter handles on razors, but I found this one to be just fine.

I think my lather could of been a tad better, but I'm still getting used to using a stick. And while I did nick myself once, I'd expect a mistake with a totally new style of razor and blade. My alum block gave me some slight feedback, though certainly not nearly as much as when I've used the DE.

I think my next shave will be with the GEM again in a few days.

Biggrin

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 06-17-2012, 09:06 PM
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Awesome & congrats Andrew. Welcome to the sharp side! Winky

It's only SEs & slants for me. I think anyone having poor results with a traditional DE needs to try SEs & slants. The shaves will only get better now my friend.

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 06-17-2012, 09:12 PM
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(06-17-2012, 09:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Awesome & congrats Andrew. Welcome to the sharp side! Winky

It's only SEs & slants for me. I think anyone having poor results with a traditional DE needs to try SEs & slants. The shaves will only get better now my friend.

thanks.

I think I see a bright future for SEs in my stable and bowlturner is sending me a slant to try next week since I've never had the opportunity to use one.

since you're big into the SEs, what are some of your favorite razors? right now I have the 1912 and the Junior to play with, along with 7 injectors.

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 06-17-2012, 10:06 PM
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Excellent! They really are fantastic shave instruments!

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 06-18-2012, 08:14 AM
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  • urrlord
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I have 3 Gems.A featherweight,a brass Micro open comb and a chrome Micro g-bar.The cheapest one(featherweight)is the best shaver for me,followed by the G-bar.I think SE's are a bit more elegant looking than most shavers.A little different approach to shaving.But i enjoy them.

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 06-18-2012, 05:21 PM
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SE are somethig special, that's for sure. I love mine.

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 06-18-2012, 05:27 PM
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Where do you buy the blades from?

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 06-18-2012, 06:15 PM
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(06-17-2012, 09:12 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(06-17-2012, 09:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Awesome & congrats Andrew. Welcome to the sharp side! Winky

It's only SEs & slants for me. I think anyone having poor results with a traditional DE needs to try SEs & slants. The shaves will only get better now my friend.

thanks.

I think I see a bright future for SEs in my stable and bowlturner is sending me a slant to try next week since I've never had the opportunity to use one.

since you're big into the SEs, what are some of your favorite razors? right now I have the 1912 and the Junior to play with, along with 7 injectors.

Andrew, my favorites are the open combs.
Gem OCMM followed pretty closely by the Valet AutoStrop VC1. The Valet is a bit more forgiving than the OCMM. Both are very efficient stubble mower-downers for me.

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 06-18-2012, 06:52 PM
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(06-18-2012, 05:27 PM)PAW Wrote: Where do you buy the blades from?

There are a few sources of blades.

First, even though SE blades look like industrial window scraper blades those blades from the hardware store aren't the ones to use.

Good shaving quality blades can be found at Rite-Aid, CVS, and Walgreens for sure. The first 2 chains have GEM carbon steel blades that require post shave care for longevity, but they are good blades. Walgreens has GEM SS blades. They (if memory serves) will have written somewhere on them "ASR"; the acronym for American Safety Razor. All of those blades are more expensive than buying in bulk from either Ted Pella (stock # 121-3) or EMS. The last time I bought from Ted Pella 200 blades cost me $50 delivered. But they won't sell to everyone for some reason. I understand EMS will, but I never ordered from them.

Most of us like the GEM SS ptfe coated blades.

If the blades you find have "made in Korea" on them, they're Dorcos, and I never heard of anyone ever liking their SE blades.

There is a thread here with more extensive blade information about what's good what's not.

OK, so after having written all of that there is one other SE blade type, Feather also makes blades for the Valet Autostrop line of razors. They are good blades. They can be had at Razor Blades and More. They ONLY fit the various Valet Autostrops.

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 06-18-2012, 06:54 PM
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(06-18-2012, 05:27 PM)PAW Wrote: Where do you buy the blades from?

I get mine at http://www.razorbladesandmore.com

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 06-18-2012, 07:56 PM
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(06-18-2012, 05:27 PM)PAW Wrote: Where do you buy the blades from?

Dave sent me a few blades to try.

(06-18-2012, 06:15 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(06-17-2012, 09:12 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(06-17-2012, 09:06 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Awesome & congrats Andrew. Welcome to the sharp side! Winky

It's only SEs & slants for me. I think anyone having poor results with a traditional DE needs to try SEs & slants. The shaves will only get better now my friend.

thanks.

I think I see a bright future for SEs in my stable and bowlturner is sending me a slant to try next week since I've never had the opportunity to use one.

since you're big into the SEs, what are some of your favorite razors? right now I have the 1912 and the Junior to play with, along with 7 injectors.

Andrew, my favorites are the open combs.
Gem OCMM followed pretty closely by the Valet AutoStrop VC1. The Valet is a bit more forgiving than the OCMM. Both are very efficient stubble mower-downers for me.

I think I had the OCMM and sold it before ever trying it. maybe once I get a good few weeks in with the 1912 and make sure the SE is the direction I'd like to go in, maybe I'll go on the hunt for another one.

(06-18-2012, 06:52 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:
(06-18-2012, 05:27 PM)PAW Wrote: Where do you buy the blades from?

There are a few sources of blades.

First, even though SE blades look like industrial window scraper blades those blades from the hardware store aren't the ones to use.

Good shaving quality blades can be found at Rite-Aid, CVS, and Walgreens for sure. The first 2 chains have GEM carbon steel blades that require post shave care for longevity, but they are good blades. Walgreens has GEM SS blades. They (if memory serves) will have written somewhere on them "ASR"; the acronym for American Safety Razor. All of those blades are more expensive than buying in bulk from either Ted Pella (stock # 121-3) or EMS. The last time I bought from Ted Pella 200 blades cost me $50 delivered. But they won't sell to everyone for some reason. I understand EMS will, but I never ordered from them.

Most of us like the GEM SS ptfe coated blades.

If the blades you find have "made in Korea" on them, they're Dorcos, and I never heard of anyone ever liking their SE blades.

There is a thread here with more extensive blade information about what's good what's not.

OK, so after having written all of that there is one other SE blade type, Feather also makes blades for the Valet Autostrop line of razors. They are good blades. They can be had at Razor Blades and More. They ONLY fit the various Valet Autostrops.

SE blades are actually pretty easy to find locally around here. in two local stores here, this is what's more common to find:

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 06-18-2012, 09:46 PM
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Congrats, Andrew. Enjoy the shaves and if you want, i have a user-grade OCMM you can have. Let me know. i am off on vacation on Saturday though and will not return for three weeks.

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 06-18-2012, 10:47 PM
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(06-18-2012, 09:46 PM)celestino Wrote: Congrats, Andrew. Enjoy the shaves and if you want, i have a user-grade OCMM you can have. Let me know. i am off on vacation on Saturday though and will not return for three weeks.

heck, if you're offering it, I'd be your guy!

that'll save me some time with having to find one on ebay.

I'll PM you my address.

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 06-24-2012, 03:14 PM
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tonight will be my 2nd shave with the GEM 1912. so yeah, it looks like I'm about 6 days between shaves.

wish me luck!

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 06-24-2012, 03:17 PM
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Good luck with the SE!

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 06-24-2012, 07:14 PM
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After I had tried a 1912 from Dave I not only fell in love with, I started LOSER (Lover of Single Edge Razors). The 1912 variants remain in the top of my rotation, just love them.

Give the carbon blades a try, such as the Treet or CVS store brand, you may be surprised

Good luck on your SE journey.

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 06-25-2012, 06:35 AM
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My GEM 1912 is my favorite SE, enjoy your journey!

(06-24-2012, 07:14 PM)Azarius Wrote: After I had tried a 1912 from Dave I not only fell in love with, I started LOSER (Lover of Single Edge Razors).

Is LOSER on this board too or just the other one?

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 06-25-2012, 06:02 PM
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(06-25-2012, 06:35 AM)cryhavoc Wrote: My GEM 1912 is my favorite SE, enjoy your journey!

(06-24-2012, 07:14 PM)Azarius Wrote: After I had tried a 1912 from Dave I not only fell in love with, I started LOSER (Lover of Single Edge Razors).

Is LOSER on this board too or just the other one?

It will be here, at least the one I will be posting on Cool

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 06-25-2012, 06:08 PM
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(06-25-2012, 06:02 PM)Azarius Wrote:
(06-25-2012, 06:35 AM)cryhavoc Wrote: My GEM 1912 is my favorite SE, enjoy your journey!

(06-24-2012, 07:14 PM)Azarius Wrote: After I had tried a 1912 from Dave I not only fell in love with, I started LOSER (Lover of Single Edge Razors).

Is LOSER on this board too or just the other one?

It will be here, at least the one I will be posting on Cool

Excellent!!!!!! Did I mention excellent? Biggrin

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 06-27-2012, 04:25 PM
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I started tried a GEM Gbar . Amazed how good the shave was. Nice to be able to buy the blades( GEM blades) near my home too. Surprised at the different sound the razor made while slicing off my stubble compared to my DE or Slant.The sound was alot louder.

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