01-28-2017, 08:40 PM
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  • MaxP
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I recently acquired a very nice Streamline.

This morning I used it. It wasn't a great shave. Understand that my regular razor is Weber.

Certainly there are differeences in DE vs SE shaving. Still, I was expecting a better shave.

From you SE users, what tips or advice can you offer so that I get a great shave from the Streamline?

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 01-28-2017, 08:44 PM
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Which blade did you use? I use the PTFE GEM only. I've tried Carbon Steel, and a few different brands and they all hurt me. This one is smooth for me and use them in all my Gem/Ever Ready razors. To me it (Streamline) feels like a 1914 with the end results of a 1912.

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 01-28-2017, 08:47 PM
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I had an SE phase last year and purchased a Streamline. My first experience was similar to yours

The blades tend to get better with a few shaves on them. Smoother and more forgiving. I even used cork on them when brand new, ymmv with this.

Other than that, I'd say make sure the head is almost flat against your face. Find a good cutting angle and don't scrape!

I moved on from the Streamline but I had some really good shaves with it. Gorgeous razor, definitely one of the best looking out there


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 01-28-2017, 09:06 PM
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(01-28-2017, 08:44 PM)vigilantesd Wrote: Which blade did you use? I use the PTFE GEM only. I've tried Carbon Steel, and a few different brands and they all hurt me. This one is smooth for me and use them in all my Gem/Ever Ready razors. To me it (Streamline) feels like a 1914 with the end results of a 1912.
Yeah, I've had the same experience. Only blade I can use is the ptfe one.

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 01-28-2017, 09:11 PM
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(01-28-2017, 08:47 PM)immoralworker Wrote: I had an SE phase last year and purchased a Streamline. My first experience was similar to yours

The blades tend to get better with a few shaves on them. Smoother and more forgiving. I even used cork on them when brand new, ymmv with this.

Other than that, I'd say make sure the head is almost flat against your face. Find a good cutting angle and don't scrape!

I moved on from the Streamline but I had some really good shaves with it. Gorgeous razor, definitely one of the best looking out there


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What he said. 
Only thing is I kept the razor.

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 01-28-2017, 09:41 PM
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  • evnpar
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I no longer use a Streamline, nor any other razor that uses GEM blades. I find them too thick and too stiff for my liking. I think it's one of the most beautiful razors ever made. I just wish there were more blade options.

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 01-28-2017, 10:12 PM
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The Streamline was my grail SE, until I shaved with it. It is built like a tank and flat out gorgeous. Unfortunately, in my experience the head geometry is unforgiving as there seems to be a minuscule range of angles that allow for an efficient and effective shave. Overall, I found it to be inefficient and not very smooth. One of my biggest let downs in shaving to date. I'm glad it works great for some, but I have zero regrets moving mine on to another home.

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 01-28-2017, 10:19 PM
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Same experience as Sharpspine, love the look, didn't like the shaves.

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 01-28-2017, 10:25 PM
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  • pbrmhl
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I hate to pile on, but the Streamline is the only Gem-blade razor I've used that doesn't work for me. I just can't get a close shave with it. I love my 1907 Lather Catcher, Gem Junior Bar, 1912 British, 1914 Junior Lather Catcher, 1924 Shovelhead, MMOC, and duplicates. I also have Bullet Tips, Featherweights and others that I haven't used because I fear they will be as inefficient as the Streamline. Everyone's mileage varies, regrettably.

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 01-29-2017, 01:16 AM
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I get excellent shaves from my Streamline loaded with a stainless Gem ptfe. Those blades are sometimes a bit harsh for the first shave or two, but not in the Streamline - it's exceptionally smooth, right from the first shave with a new blade.

I use a shallow angle and minimal pressure. It's easy to apply too much pressure due to the considerable mass of the razor.

Despite it working well for me, for some reason I only break out the Streamline a few times a year.

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 01-29-2017, 05:31 PM
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I used to palm strop the blade before using it and it seemed to help.

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 01-30-2017, 04:58 PM
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Stropping helps, as does going a few shaves in on the blade

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 01-31-2017, 03:52 PM
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I'm in the same boat, but with a 1912.  I've only had 1 shave with it, then got some other razors in the mail that needed attention.  

I was pleased that I was even able to shave with a SE without much blood.  But, it was a bit harsh on my face.

I looked around for tutorials and recommended techniques for the Gem-style razors, but didn't see much.  I would expect a sticky on the subject.

Is there one great thread on the subject?

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 01-31-2017, 04:45 PM
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(01-31-2017, 03:52 PM)Mr_Houston Wrote: I'm in the same boat, but with a 1912.  I've only had 1 shave with it, then got some other razors in the mail that needed attention.  

I was pleased that I was even able to shave with a SE without much blood.  But, it was a bit harsh on my face.

I looked around for tutorials and recommended techniques for the Gem-style razors, but didn't see much.  I would expect a sticky on the subject.

Is there one great thread on the subject?
I recently ventured in to SEe and had a similar first shave. Already some great advice on this thread, so make sure you check it out. But ptfe blades and after a couple of shaves, I was having much better experiences. Don't give up after 1 shave.

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 02-23-2017, 01:25 PM
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I really like my Streamline and get great shaves with a PTFE blade.  Palm Stropping does make a difference.  I find the angle very forgiving and intuitive and love the sound feedback you get with this razor.

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 03-13-2017, 08:27 PM
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I prefer a lighter single edge razor. The streamline just feels too bulky to shave at the speed that I like.

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 04-14-2017, 05:16 PM
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  • MaxP
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Well...

I used the setscrew method to mount a longer highly knurled handle.  Though its better, it's still "meh."
I get much better shaves from a Weber or a Schick.

The Streamline has been assigned a role in a display. (I'll put the original handle back on it)

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 04-14-2017, 05:53 PM
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(04-14-2017, 05:16 PM)MaxP Wrote: Well...

I used the setscrew method to mount a longer highly knurled handle.  Though its better, it's still "meh."
I get much better shaves from a Weber or a Schick.

The Streamline has been assigned a role in a display. (I'll put the original handle back on it)

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This has been my experience with a Streamline. It's perhaps the most beautiful and hefty of my Gem-blade razors, but I just can't get a close shave with it. My 1907 lather catcher, British 1912, 1914 little lather catcher, 1924 Shovelhead, MMOC--all are wonderful razors. This one doesn't work for me.

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 04-14-2017, 10:47 PM
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 04-15-2017, 08:42 AM
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Max if you used modern Gem blade and wasn't Personna SS PTFE, BlueStar or Treet then that's the reason you got a bad shave

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