06-15-2017, 08:16 AM
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Alright, I've been seriously considering selecting and buying my first Single Edge razor and some blades for it. As usual, being new to traditional wet shaving in general, I don't really know where to begin in the selection and buying process. I should probably err somewhat on the mild side rather than the aggressive side I suppose. I also like 1930's style vintage things the most especially when it comes to mens things, so perhaps that might help too.
Thank you

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 06-15-2017, 08:46 AM
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(06-15-2017, 08:16 AM)punchy Wrote: Alright, I've been seriously considering selecting and buying my first Single Edge razor and some blades for it. As usual, being new to traditional wet shaving in general, I don't really know where to begin in the selection and buying process. I should probably err somewhat on the mild side rather than the aggressive side I suppose. I also like 1930's style vintage things the most especially when it comes to mens things, so perhaps that might help too.
Thank you

If you like mild and vintage, I would go with the GEM G-Bar or GEM Featherweight. They are great razors. For something a step up from mild I would go with the
GEM Bullet Tip. For a step up in aggression from that try the Ever Ready Streamline. All are fantastic shavers.

Enjoy!

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 06-15-2017, 09:23 AM
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My first SE was a GEM Featherweight, which a fellow Nook member sold to me for a remarkably nice price.
I loved it straight away. It's in rotation and its turn came up again today.

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 06-15-2017, 11:10 AM
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A GEM MicroMatic can be a great choice too - have a look at http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...hlight=GEM for an in depth review and discussion Smile

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 06-15-2017, 04:53 PM
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  • bullgoose
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If you are looking for a new razor, the General would fit the bill. It uses the artist club blades but, it is definitely on the mild side.

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 06-15-2017, 05:22 PM
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Phil's suggestion brings up a good question - what does the OP mean by "Single Edge" razor?  Could be a GEM style, as is commonly thought of, or an injector style, or even the shavettes.  

They all can give a good shave, but each has certain advantages over the others that might or might not mean anything to an individual.  For a new shaver the injectors are hard to beat ..

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 06-16-2017, 04:24 AM
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With regard to the "GEM style" single edge blades, I first tried a Micromatic Open Comb (referred to by the acronym MMOC) and, man, that was an aggressive razor.  I had to be really careful and because of its geometry it required re-learning a whole new angle and method as compared to DE shaving.  However recently I have been using a GEM Heavy Duty Flat Top aka the G-Bar and its been lovely!  The Featherweight is also a nice medium razor.  

As for injectors, as garyg said, they are great for new shavers.  Every one that I have tried ("I" through "N" Shick injectors where the letter corresponds with the year range they were produced) have been very easy to use.  And a lot of fun to switch out blades.

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 03-29-2018, 07:42 PM
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(06-15-2017, 05:22 PM)garyg Wrote: Phil's suggestion brings up a good question - what does the OP mean by "Single Edge" razor?  Could be a GEM style, as is commonly thought of, or an injector style, or even the shavettes.  

They all can give a good shave, but each has certain advantages over the others that might or might not mean anything to an individual.  For a new shaver the injectors are hard to beat ..

I've never heard of "shavettes" before. What makes a "shavette" a "shavette"?

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 03-29-2018, 09:03 PM
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Razors that are similar to a str8 razor but use disposable blades. Like these.

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 03-29-2018, 09:10 PM
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There are many varieties of single edge razors. Gem, injector, AC, FHS-10--it helps to narrow down. If you like mild, I would suggest a vintage Schick I, J, L or M, or a Schick O clone. Or go for one of each of the blade styles. You have many rabbit holes to enter.

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 03-29-2018, 10:13 PM
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If a modern SE is what you are looking for, I would agree with Phil. The Hawk is a good mild SE that will probably fit the bill.
As for me I like the more efficient SE's and the mildest in my collection is the brass and SS Generals which I use with a super pro. My other, more efficient SE's I use with the P-30 as I find it smoother than anything else on the market right now. YMMV.

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 03-30-2018, 08:31 AM
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There is a beautiful Mongoose on the BST for a great price and it’s being donated for charity. I find the Mongoose smooth and on the milder side of SE’s

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 03-30-2018, 09:22 AM
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You've got to try things out to see how they work. The GEM G-Bar didn't click for me, but the GEM Damaskeene was good right away, and the more aggressive Clog-Pruf and MMOC are great after a little adaptation.

On the injector side, the Schick Adjustable M works really well, but I think the G is my favorite. It's supposedly more aggressive than the L's and M's, but it just seems smooth and easy to me.

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 03-30-2018, 12:59 PM
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GEM micromatic bullet tip for razors that take GEM blades.  
I agree with the Colonial General for AC-type razors.
If you like mild, a Shavette is probably not what you're looking for.

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 03-30-2018, 01:10 PM
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Blackland Sabre L2 and I've tried many SE razors.

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 03-30-2018, 04:47 PM
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I agree with Phil about the General-I prefer the brass because of the weight. Also, the new Alumigoose is a very good shaver. They both use Feather Artist Club type blades and neither will break the bank.

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 03-31-2018, 08:08 PM
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General all the way. It checks all the boxes for me on budget, shave quality, design, ease of use.

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