09-13-2016, 11:27 AM
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When you shave with your Ever-Ready or GEM 1912/1914 razor, do you keep the head flat against your face for the whole shave?

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 09-13-2016, 11:29 AM
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  • Giorgio
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Yes...with my 1914, the head is always flat on my face.  Probably one of the smoothest SE's I have Biggrin

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 09-13-2016, 12:27 PM
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I don't shave with it exactly flat against my face, but pretty close to it. You can experiment with it a little to see when the too aggressive point comes for you. For myself, if I use too much of an angle (the back of the razor away from my face), it is too rough, and of it's too flat against my face, the shave is too mild. Just a little angle and the shave is just right for me.  The same applies for the 1924 as well.

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 09-13-2016, 12:34 PM
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The one thing all my GEMs and my EverReady have in common is that they get quite nippy unless the head is pretty much flat to my face. Mind the angle, and they shave wonderfully.

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 09-13-2016, 12:45 PM
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  • EricM
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I used a GEM MMOC yesterday and today and can tell you I don't hold it flat against my face.  There is a shallow angle.  It's very intuitive and the razor produces great audible feedback.  Super smooth shave!

Eric

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 09-13-2016, 01:19 PM
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Here's something that came with 1924s (but applicable with 1912s and 1914s). I primarily use vintage SEs, and this illustrates a similar angle I use.
[Image: 1836eeba632481d626e5aa3ab893f630.jpg]


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 09-13-2016, 01:22 PM
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I use somewhere between 2 and 3 on those instructions.

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 09-13-2016, 01:37 PM
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(09-13-2016, 01:22 PM)TobyC Wrote: I use somewhere between 2 and 3 on those instructions.

Pretty much what I do and am afforded a wonderful shave.

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 09-13-2016, 02:37 PM
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The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

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 09-13-2016, 02:59 PM
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(09-13-2016, 02:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

I have and use 1912, 1914, 1924, and Ever-Ready Streamline. I approach them all the same.

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 09-13-2016, 03:00 PM
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(09-13-2016, 01:19 PM)chill31613 Wrote: Here's something that came with 1924s (but applicable with 1912s and 1914s). I primarily use vintage SEs, and this illustrates a similar angle I use.
[Image: 1836eeba632481d626e5aa3ab893f630.jpg]


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Excellent.

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 09-13-2016, 03:43 PM
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(09-13-2016, 02:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

Eh. I use the same approach when shaving with my 1912s, Damaskeenes, and 1914s, as well as the 1924 I borrowed.  Lately I've been favoring the 1914 (specifically the later "Patented March 24, 1924" variants, but I'll use a "Patent Pending" when I want something a little more aggressive).  Like I metioned, I primarily use vintage SEs for both face and head shaves.  I no longer use DEs and will use straights every once in a while for face shaves.  But if people prefer using the top cap flat on their face, more power to them.  I go at an angle which provide me the best shaving angle. 

YMMV and all that jazz.  When I shave my head with any of my GEMs and ERs, I go right into XTG/ATG pass and blade buff on a second ATG pass (all with similar angles) - which is not the norm either.

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 09-13-2016, 03:49 PM
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(09-13-2016, 02:59 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(09-13-2016, 02:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

I have and use 1912, 1914, 1924, and Ever-Ready Streamline. I approach them all the same.

Looking forward to testing the preferred shaving angle on that Streamline, buddy  Wink

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 09-13-2016, 03:53 PM
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(09-13-2016, 03:49 PM)chill31613 Wrote:
(09-13-2016, 02:59 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(09-13-2016, 02:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

I have and use 1912, 1914, 1924, and Ever-Ready Streamline. I approach them all the same.

Looking forward to testing the preferred shaving angle on that Streamline, buddy  Wink
Haha! No problem, and use whatever angle you want =P

Make sure to remind me next time we meet up =)

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 09-13-2016, 04:21 PM
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I am curious because I shaved with my 1914 many times and got some of my best shaves ever but every once in awhile there are 2 spots on my lower neck (same place on right and left) that get very irritated and turn blood red. I don't draw blood but as close as you can get. Just in these 2 spots. Not sure what I am doing wrong.
I thought maybe I should try leaving the razor head flat on my neck the whole time.

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 09-13-2016, 04:23 PM
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(09-13-2016, 04:21 PM)shave/brush Wrote: I am curious because I shaved with my 1914 many times and got some of my best shaves ever but every once in awhile there are 2 spots on my lower neck (same place on right and left) that get very irritated and turn blood red. I don't draw blood but as close as you can get. Just in these 2 spots. Not sure what I am doing wrong.
I thought maybe I should try leaving the razor head flat on my neck the whole time.

Maybe just lay it flat against your neck in only those two areas. It's a sensitive area and whatever it is you are doing is irritating it. Try easing up in just those areas

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 09-13-2016, 04:34 PM
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(09-13-2016, 04:23 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(09-13-2016, 04:21 PM)shave/brush Wrote: I am curious because I shaved with my 1914 many times and got some of my best shaves ever but every once in awhile there are 2 spots on my lower neck (same place on right and left) that get very irritated and turn blood red. I don't draw blood but as close as you can get. Just in these 2 spots. Not sure what I am doing wrong.
I thought maybe I should try leaving the razor head flat on my neck the whole time.

Maybe just lay it flat against your neck in only those two areas. It's a sensitive area and whatever it is you are doing is irritating it. Try easing up in just those areas

Good advice.

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 09-13-2016, 04:44 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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I use the same angle with all my Gem blade razors, including the MMOC, British 1912, 1914, 1924, Streamline, 1907 lather catcher, etc. Namely, the recommended angle in the third picture of the instructions posted above. If I go any shallower, I can't get a close shave.

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 09-13-2016, 06:32 PM
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(09-13-2016, 02:37 PM)shave/brush Wrote: The 1924 is quite different from the 1912 or 1914.  You are comparing apples to oranges. The question of this thread is how do you shave with your 1912 or 1914.  See post #2 and #4. Two experience shavers who feel it works best against the face. I am looking for other opinions of guys who use the 1912 & 1914.

I do use a 1912, somewhere between 2 and 3 is where the magic happens!

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 09-13-2016, 08:04 PM
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(09-13-2016, 01:19 PM)chill31613 Wrote: Here's something that came with 1924s (but applicable with 1912s and 1914s). I primarily use vintage SEs, and this illustrates a similar angle I use.
[Image: 1836eeba632481d626e5aa3ab893f630.jpg]


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