11-14-2015, 03:33 PM
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It just arrived in the mail today.  Looks like a virgin to me, but it wont be in the morning.  
It even came with 2 vintage Gem blades, one that's spineless and reversible, 
which I've never seen before, and the blades actually still look usable (but I wont).
The first photo was taken by the woman I bought the razor from.  
I'm using it because it's better than anything I can do.  The other 2 photos are mine.
Can anybody tell me something about the reversible blade?  I'm curious.


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 11-14-2015, 04:33 PM
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Beautiful razor Donald! The bullet tip is one of my favorite GEMs and used weekly in my rotation. Even gave one to a friend who thought it shaved better than his Mongoose! Let us know of what you think after your done tomorrow.

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 11-14-2015, 04:39 PM
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Fantastic razor. Congratulations.

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 11-14-2015, 04:47 PM
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Nice razor!

Well yes, they were reversible and usable back in the day, but not now. You can't see it with the naked eye, but they have micro rusted from atmospheric moisture and are quite unusable unless you hone and strop them.

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 11-14-2015, 05:12 PM
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Beautiful razor. You made a nice score. Something you can enjoy for many more years.

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 11-14-2015, 06:45 PM
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Reversible, huh? You learn something new every day... Perhaps I will shave with my Micromatic on Monday.. I kinda wish the Gem blades were a bit sharper though.

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 11-15-2015, 12:25 AM
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Lovely razor - enjoy Smile

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 11-16-2015, 12:44 PM
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Well I shaved with it yesterday, and it was as smooth and clean a shave as I would have expected from a Gem Micromatic with a fresh blade.  

But I won't be keeping it, and here's why:  First it's too pretty a package for me.  I'm a user, not a collector, and this belongs in a collection.  

Second, I have had bad luck with gold plated razors.  And last, is that I just like the open comb better, and don't need both.  

So I'm going to offer it up for sale or trade, after I figure out what I want, and what it's value is.  

I know if I keep it, the plating will soon look worn.

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 11-16-2015, 05:45 PM
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It is a great looking razor.  I dont think ive seen a nicer one.

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 11-16-2015, 06:08 PM
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Love the bullet tip. The may the hair grows on my neck shaving with a mongoose can be tricky in tight areas. The bullet tip handles great and is efficient but not overly aggressive. Those old razors really are great shavers enjoy OP!

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 11-16-2015, 09:25 PM
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A beautiful razor. 
I understand you not wanting to mess it up but if used with care it can keep that look for many years to come.
 
I've acquired a few old Gems but none are even close to that condition and they all shave nicely. 
These are great tools and an important piece of the history of wet shaving.

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 11-16-2015, 09:56 PM
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(11-16-2015, 09:25 PM)willc Wrote: A beautiful razor. 
I understand you not wanting to mess it up but if used with care it can keep that look for many years to come.
 
I've acquired a few old Gems but none are even close to that condition and they all shave nicely. 
These are great tools and an important piece of the history of wet shaving.

Gold plated razors just don't hold up for me like nickel plated razors do, for me it's almost 10 t0 1.  
I also try to keep it down to under 3 razors, 3 brushes, and 3 soaps/creams.  
I also try to drink no more than 3 ales in an evening, but I don't always succeed.  
Toodles.

Donald

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