07-02-2012, 01:36 PM
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Because I have a hard time saying no to cheap razors when I come across them...in a span of a couple of days I now have 3 SE's.
I only use vintage DE's, but I have never tried a single edge razor.
Should have some blades in the mail box tomorrow, so which of the following razors should I try first?
Ever-Ready 1912, GEM OC MicroMatic, or the GEM safety bar, bullet tip MicroMatic?
Let the fun begin Smile
Thx
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 07-02-2012, 02:05 PM
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I greatly preferred the 1912 over the OCMM. Never tried a bullet tip. All three look to be in great condition, nice find!

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 07-02-2012, 02:30 PM
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I use a Gem Jr. and like it a lot.

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 07-02-2012, 02:52 PM
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What DEs do you use the most? That might give a better idea as to which of those beauties to try first as they are each quite different.

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 07-02-2012, 03:21 PM
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Lately I have mostly been using OC NEW's and Super Speeds
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(07-02-2012, 02:52 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: What DEs do you use the most? That might give a better idea as to which of those beauties to try first as they are each quite different.

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 07-02-2012, 03:50 PM
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I would highly recommend the 1912 first. It remains my favorite SE, very efficient, mild, but effective. Make sure you try both carbon and stainless blades, as they perform very differently.

Keep us updated on your SE journey.

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 07-02-2012, 04:10 PM
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Pick one and go!

BTW: Enjoy!

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 07-02-2012, 04:38 PM
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I think I would recommend trying the 1912 or Bullet Tip first, then the other of those two, followed finally by the open comb. That way you can get a feel for SE shaving with the milder ones first before moving to the more aggressive MMOC. And I second the suggestion to try both carbon and stainless blades.

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 07-02-2012, 06:09 PM
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Thanks guys...sounds like the 1912 should be the mildest to try first, would hate to peel a strip off my face and turning myself off of SE shaving for the rest of my life Smile
As far as blades go, I still have to source out a supplier of SE blades. For now, a nice member at B&B sent me a supply of his (part of the bulk buy at B&B)
Any advise would be appreciated
Thx
Kevin
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 07-02-2012, 06:44 PM
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I never shaved with an ER 1912. Typically a GEM 1912 can range anywhere from fairly mild (Damaskeene) to fairly aggressive (unmarked 1912) with a Jr in between. As I wrote I don't know about the ER '12 never having used one.

The bullet tip is definitely milder than the OCMM though.

I would expect any of those 3 to be more aggressive than the razors you currently favor.

Tips? Very light pressure, maybe more so than ever before, and build a great cushiony lather. They are capable of being really great razors.

Good luck! Let us know how you make out.

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 07-08-2012, 09:34 PM
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I thought I would follow up to my original post.
Went camping for a few days, returned today with a 4 day growth, decided to try an SE shave since I received my GEM stainless blades earlier in the week.

Loaded up the Ever-Ready 1912 and gave it a try tonight.
Experimented quite a bit with blade angle, but everything went quite well. Did 3 passes and ended up with a nice smooth face.
It will take a few more times to feel really comfortable with an SE.
I will continue to use the ER 1912 for a while before I try either of the MicroMatics.
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 07-08-2012, 09:47 PM
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(07-08-2012, 09:34 PM)Sled Dog Wrote: I thought I would follow up to my original post.
Went camping for a few days, returned today with a 4 day growth, decided to try an SE shave since I received my GEM stainless blades earlier in the week.

Loaded up the Ever-Ready 1912 and gave it a try tonight.
Experimented quite a bit with blade angle, but everything went quite well. Did 3 passes and ended up with a nice smooth face.
It will take a few more times to feel really comfortable with an SE.
I will continue to use the ER 1912 for a while before I try either of the MicroMatics.
[Image: sotd8july12.jpg]

Very nice. Do yourself a favor, try the 1912 with a carbon blade, it becomes a very different shave. YMMV, but that is what sold me on the 1912 over all others.

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