11-18-2016, 05:16 PM
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So I want to try some single edge razors the use gen blades. I have a thick, hard fast growing beard. I'm hoping maybe gem blades can take care of it better than a flimsy double edge.

I like a mild razor. What razor using gen blades should I get?

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 11-18-2016, 05:17 PM
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one of each

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 11-18-2016, 05:31 PM
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  • EricM
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I'd try a GEM Micromatic.  I have a MMOC and it's a fantastic shaver.  I picked mine up on Ebay for $13 shipped.  It's not "mild" but if you're careful you'll be fine.  Option 2 could be a King Cobra with a Kai blade.  Very nice and smooth shave, and forgiving.

Eric

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 11-18-2016, 06:26 PM
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The G-Bar (official name is Heavy Flat Top) is on the milder side.  The 1912 is my favorite though.

eric.

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 11-18-2016, 09:35 PM
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  • bijou
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The SE (for a gem blade) that I use is the British Everready Streamline. It is a beautiful shaver it is heavier then all the other vintage SE. The head has some heft to it so to make it a better shaver for me, i switch out the handle for a longer and heavier handle. The handle i use now is a Stork 2 90 x13 titanium, the razor now is better balanced and a better shaver.

The razor on ebay without a case in good to excellent condition runs $80 to 120. I hope this helps.

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 11-18-2016, 10:26 PM
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G bar.

Chrome. Which you like. 

Of all the SE razors of the type I've tried it's got the most intuitive shave angle and it's not aggressive for its style. Most SE razors with Gem blades are more aggressive than DE razors for me. The G bar is on the lower part of the SE family scale.

Should be able to find one for a very reasonable price on eBay with a bit of patience and diligence. Maybe $12 - $20 I believe.

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 11-19-2016, 12:20 AM
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I'll second a GEM Micromatic - I feel that my Clugpruf is a bit more forgiving (but just as efficient) than my GEM 1912 and my Ever Ready 1914.

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 11-19-2016, 06:18 AM
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I'd like to throw in a Featherweight suggestion. Very mild, very inexpensive and it has a comfy handle - one of my favorite vintage SEs.

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 11-19-2016, 07:35 AM
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(11-19-2016, 06:18 AM)TripleG Wrote: I'd like to throw in a Featherweight suggestion. Very mild, very inexpensive and it has a comfy handle - one of my favorite vintage SEs.

Bought one eBay last night for $5. So we shall see.

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 11-19-2016, 07:36 AM
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How will I like he gem blades as opposed to de blades. ? I course I understand ymmv but for those of you with thick, course fast growing facial hair what do you thinks.

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 11-19-2016, 09:39 AM
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They are not too smooth on the first shave or two unless you palm strop them I'd say.

That being said, I think they give at least twice as many shaves as a DE blade before going caput.

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 11-19-2016, 11:44 AM
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You may wish to palm strop the blade prior to use.  Three times on each side of the blade on your palm by the thumb.  This tends to smooth out the Personna coated SE blades.   Good choice on the razor.  It is one of the milder GEM SE razors.

eric.

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 11-19-2016, 12:35 PM
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If wanting mild then I'd avoid the OCMM. Instead try either of the other Micromatics.

My first two recommendations though would be the EverReady 1914 and the GEM Heavy Flat Top (aka G-bar).

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 11-19-2016, 12:45 PM
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I cannot believe that nobody has yet suggested a 1912. Huh

You want a 1912. Really.

Of course, you have a Featherweight on the way, which is based on the 1912 design.

Enjoy.

--Bob

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 11-19-2016, 03:35 PM
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I love SE razors that take GEM type blades. I'd go with any or all of the following:

GEM G Bar
GEM Featherweight
GEM Bullet Tip
GEM/Star/Ever Ready 1912


Good luck!

Ward

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 11-19-2016, 04:23 PM
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I've used DE only and have only recently been thinking of a SE. I saw a beautiful 1912 Ever Ready, but was wondering which is one of the milder ones?

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 11-20-2016, 03:18 AM
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My best advice for someone starting out with a GEM razor is that you have to be very careful with shave angle.  The razor head is your guide to shave angle.  If you apply the razor head to the skin, you will be rewarded with a remarkably smooth shave.  Too sharp an angle (handle parallel to your face pointing at the floor) and the razor will rip the hairs out one by one (a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea).  

Enjoy

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 11-20-2016, 05:57 AM
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Lol. I also won a g bar... 8 bucks! I could get used to those prices !

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 11-20-2016, 06:28 AM
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(11-20-2016, 05:57 AM)chromedometone Wrote: Lol. I also won a g bar... 8 bucks!  I could get used to those prices !

And it begins Smile

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 11-20-2016, 07:07 AM
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Signs011

Thumbup

So much fun down the rabbit hole.

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