10-30-2017, 12:13 PM
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Good day all, 
First post on this site.  
I won an auction this weekend on a 1904 Ever-Ready wood handle razor and the more looking I do online I hear mention of wedge blades.  What are wedge blades and I was just assuming that this would take a gem style blade.  I'm a DE shaver looking to get into old Gems, Ever-Ready style razor as I love the look of them.
I guess what I'm asking is will this razor I have on the way accept gem blades?  Here are some pics:
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Thanks in advance!

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 10-30-2017, 12:38 PM
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Wedge style blades are blades shaped like a segment of a straight razor - ie.: having a cross section shaped like a wedge, as opposed to the modern GEM blade which is flat.

As far as I know a fair number of Ever-Ready razors designed for a wedge blade can be made to work with a modern GEM, but blade angle, exposure and not at least blade security might be different than with a wedge. As for the 1904... someone with more knowledge will have to comment on that.

Lovely razor though Smile

Edit:
PS: According to Wright Safety Razor Compendium, it looks like a 1907.

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 10-30-2017, 01:14 PM
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That is a nice razor. 
As you can see from the link Hans provided, those razors did not come with the miss-called "wedges" (most are 1/2 to full hollow ground IME). Those took a thicker version of today's GEM blades. If you de-spine a GEM blade, split the spine in half and flatten it, then insert under a full spined GEM blade in your razor, you will shim it and approximate the angle on the original blades. You might as well insert a GEM as is and see if you like it like that, a bit more aggressive. 
Just make sure your blade sits on the stops before you secure it in place with the back spring. 
Enjoy your razor.


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 10-30-2017, 01:36 PM
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Thanks for the replies. So what you’re saying is that this razor wasn’t designed with the gem style blade in mind but I can use them?

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 10-30-2017, 01:56 PM
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(10-30-2017, 01:36 PM)HouseofChains Wrote: Thanks for the replies. So what you’re saying is that this razor wasn’t designed with the gem style blade in mind but I can use them?

Kinda, maybe, sorta, probably, sure, YMMV.

It was designed like others of it's time for permanent blades that were honed and stropped and used forever. There were lots of different versions but basically they are a straight edge on a stick.

One of the razors I used during OCtober was one of my Rolls Razors, somewhat later but still based on a hollow ground solid permanent wedge shaped blade.

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 10-30-2017, 03:03 PM
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Thanks again!
I also have a gem 1901 patent lather catcher on its way. It will take a regular blade?

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 10-30-2017, 03:16 PM
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Are you talking about the GEM Jr. Bar? 
[Image: GIwgw7K.jpg]

I hope you are. Those take modern GEM blades, though they are not identical to the original blades. 

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IMO, GEM Jr. Bar is the bee's knees

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 10-30-2017, 04:06 PM
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(10-30-2017, 03:16 PM)lloydrm Wrote: Are you talking about the GEM Jr. Bar? 
[Image: GIwgw7K.jpg]

I hope you are. Those take modern GEM blades, though they are not identical to the original blades. 

[Image: XRyygvB.jpg]
IMO, GEM Jr. Bar is the bee's knees
 Here's what I have coming:


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 10-30-2017, 04:17 PM
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Later model, same razor essentially. Better handle IMO. You are in for treat!

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 10-30-2017, 04:43 PM
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Nice old razor you’ve got there. And welcome to the forum Smile

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 10-30-2017, 05:29 PM
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Thanks again everyone. Can’t wait to try a gem and er. I have a Schick and I get a close shave but feels a bit raw.

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 10-31-2017, 04:00 AM
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(10-30-2017, 01:56 PM)jar Wrote:
(10-30-2017, 01:36 PM)HouseofChains Wrote: Thanks for the replies. So what you’re saying is that this razor wasn’t designed with the gem style blade in mind but I can use them?

Kinda, maybe, sorta, probably, sure, YMMV.

It was designed like others of it's time for permanent blades that were honed and stropped and used forever. There were lots of different versions but basically they are a straight edge on a stick.

One of the razors I used during OCtober was one of my Rolls Razors, somewhat later but still based on a hollow ground solid permanent wedge shaped blade.

[Image: medium800.jpg]

[Image: medium800.jpg]

I’m confused. IIoydrm says they don’t take wedges and you do. What is it? Lol
Where would you even find such a thing? Does anyone have On my way they’d be willing to part with?

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 10-31-2017, 05:43 AM
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All I said is you can use modern GEM blades on those razors.

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 10-31-2017, 05:57 AM
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(10-31-2017, 05:43 AM)lloydrm Wrote: All I said is you can use modern GEM blades on those razors.


Gotcha. Thanks. Being so new to vintage SE’s I’m still trying to get a grasp on what works and what doesn’t.


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 11-01-2017, 05:30 AM
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[Image: 464d0d84ffd36e59839862d6775ed918.jpg]

So I have one of these coming. Anyone have any idea where some honing information is? I remember reading something about needing a holder that comes out of the handle of the razor but it looks like that is missing from the 1901 gem and of course the E-R is a wood handle.
Surprisingly not a ton of information online about GEM’s, etc in comparison to DE’s.

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 11-01-2017, 01:51 PM
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There is another EverReady blade called the RADIO STEEL...looks just like the Gem but does not have side notches so it fits under the little side prongs ....I got some on e bay a while back...box says 6 blades 0.30 c......unlike the Rolls blades pictured which are thicker at the top..(wedged)...the EverReady blades are equal thickness except for the top piece like the Gem...main difference ..NO Side Notches (cut outs)..

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 11-15-2017, 02:43 PM
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Just an update to share.  I received the Ever-Ready yesterday and cleaned it up and loaded up a modern Gem stainless steel blade and shaved with it this morning and it was the best shave I've gotten to date.  Before I always got the best results from my Merkur 38C and Gillette Black Beauty.  The Ever-Ready had a ton of audio feedback and made quick work of my whiskers.  Very impressed.  I also received a "wedge" blade and I'm going to try sharpening it but to be honest I've never done such a thing so I might have to send it away.

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