12-09-2015, 09:58 AM
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I thought I read once that the GEM bullet tip was the mildest of all the GEM razors. Is this true?

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 12-09-2015, 10:22 AM
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I think it's most assuredly the most mild of the 3 MicroMatics. However, I am not sure if many would call it more mild than the GEM Contour, Feather Weight, or even the Heavy Flat Top. Also, thanks to YMMV the answer to this is both yes and no. Biggrin

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 12-09-2015, 10:59 AM
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What Brian said. Of the "modern" GEM razors, I find the G-Bar offers the best balance between aggression and smoothness. That said, I'd take a MMOC any day over any of the others. Once you have learned how to shave with it, it delivers incredible value for money.

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 12-09-2015, 11:46 AM
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(12-09-2015, 10:22 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: I think it's most assuredly the most mild of the 3 MicroMatics. However, I am not sure if many would call it more mild than the GEM Contour, Feather Weight, or even the Heavy Flat Top. Also, thanks to YMMV the answer to this is both yes and no. Biggrin

So you would say the Bullet Tip is about the same as the Feather Weight, in your opinion?

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 12-09-2015, 05:29 PM
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I've used the bullet tip, G Bar, and Clog Pruf. I would say the Clog Pruf is the most aggressive of the three. Gives an efficient smooth BBS shave with little effort. Must be careful but excellent shaver.
Bullet tip is not as aggressive but delivers same quality shave but smoother and more forgiving. My favorite of the three.
G bar is very mild and needs more passes to achieve same result. Very mild and really difficult to actually cut yourself with one... Hope it helps, after all ymmv

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 12-09-2015, 06:11 PM
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The BT was still too aggressive for me as an everyday shaver, and the razor didn't balance well in my hand. I was disappointed it didn't work -- I wanted it to, just like the Mongoose (another uncomfortable fit).

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 12-09-2015, 06:16 PM
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(12-09-2015, 06:11 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The BT was still too aggressive for me as an everyday shaver, and the razor didn't balance well in my hand. I was disappointed it didn't work -- I wanted it to, just like the Mongoose (another uncomfortable fit).

Interesting. As a point of reference, which razors, especially SEs, do you find to have good balance in your hand?

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 12-09-2015, 06:45 PM
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Well I guess the answer to my original question is that the Bullet Tip is not the mildest GEM razor. We do have one vote for the G bar.

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 12-09-2015, 06:47 PM
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(12-09-2015, 06:16 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(12-09-2015, 06:11 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The BT was still too aggressive for me as an everyday shaver, and the razor didn't balance well in my hand. I was disappointed it didn't work -- I wanted it to, just like the Mongoose (another uncomfortable fit).

Interesting. As a point of reference, which razors, especially SEs, do you find to have good balance in your hand?

I always found that the Merkur 34 has the best balance in my hand.

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 12-09-2015, 06:49 PM
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I've unfortunately never used a Flying Wing MicroMatic. However, the Heavy Flat Top is the only GEM I've used where I struggled to get a clean shave. Even the Feather Weight, which supposedly has the same head, shaves much better than the heftier HFT.

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 12-09-2015, 07:13 PM
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While neither the FW or the HFT work for me anymore, the FW always just "clicked" more with me also.

The bullet tip isn't even in the same league as the above mentioned razors. But it might be the least aggressive feeling of the MicroMatics. GEM made quite a few razors over the years.

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 12-09-2015, 08:42 PM
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(12-09-2015, 06:16 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(12-09-2015, 06:11 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: The BT was still too aggressive for me as an everyday shaver, and the razor didn't balance well in my hand. I was disappointed it didn't work -- I wanted it to, just like the Mongoose (another uncomfortable fit).

Interesting. As a point of reference, which razors, especially SEs, do you find to have good balance in your hand?

The Mongoose I used was the pass-around original that was being offered earlier in the year. The handle that came with it was far too short for me, and along with the heavy head I never felt in control of it. The original Cobra (another pass-around) was much better in that regard (though I couldn't find the right blade for it in the short time I had it). Among the classics, probably the Feather Weight was the closest to feeling comfortable but still was far from perfect for me. Those classic handles are just way too short for my liking.

The best fitting razor by far has been my Schick N3 injector. I like its thin head profile, and its overall length is over 5 inches. The AlumiGoose you've been profiling also interests me, and I'll look forward to hearing more about it.

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