06-15-2018, 11:46 AM
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(06-15-2018, 11:15 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-15-2018, 09:57 AM)pbrmhl Wrote:
(06-14-2018, 06:09 PM)bullgoose Wrote: I have come to the conclusion that I simply do not like the GEM blade. I find it to be a bit harsh and best suited for scraping paint.  Biggrin  YMMV.

I'm surprised to hear this. The Sabre L2 is one of my smoothest razors (albeit not one of my most efficient). The 1907 Lather Catcher and 1912 are also quite smooth on my face. I'll grant that most Gem-blade razors are varying degrees of harsh, with the Rocnel SE-G at the top of the heap.

I was referring to the blade itself and not a particular razor. I simply do not find the GEM blades to be smooth. Some razors tame the blade better than others but, the blade always causes me some irritation.
Phil, As you say YMMV.

I avoided Gem razors for a decade thinking it's insane to put a paint scrapping blade to the face. Although the Personna PTFE coated blades are intended for anything other than paint scrapping. Last month I won an auction of a box of vintage razors which also had a Gem junior , Gem , and an eveready. For the love of shaving I ordered 10 of those Personna PTFE Gem blades to try. My first shave with a gem junior and I pulled the trigger on some 500 Gem blades.

They've given me some awesome shaves and the best part is the soft skin feel just like a straight razor skin feel. I regret not trying a gem razor earlierjust to try out as a hobbyist wetshaver. The experiment a decade ago would been not more than 5 bucks for a razor and 10 blades.

I love my Feather AC blade format razors and I've also added the asylum RX for its wonderful design. The AC blade being longer takes a learning curve to use the AC format razors and they give a similar Post shwve soft skin feel. With the Gem razors - it's a no brainer - as long as I keep the razor head flush against the skin it will give a great shave - especially ATG passes !


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 06-09-2019, 02:24 PM
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I do have to agree that Gem blades are not as sharp as the Feather A/C type blades but as someone pointed out some Gem razors do a better job than others in using the Gem blade. The ATT G1 razor is one of them. I just got one and it shaves fantastically. I had given up on Gem blades because when I went ATG it really caused me some bad irritation sometimes. This ATT G1 is really smooth and close. I think the grooves on top of the head cap make a difference. I love it.

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 06-09-2019, 07:28 PM
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(01-17-2018, 04:10 AM)jar Wrote:
(01-15-2018, 03:30 AM)Rhinehoth Wrote: Is the Sabre L2 smoother and provides a more irritation free shave than the ATT Gem?

I get the very same results with my ATT G1, Sabre L1 & L2.  I may slightly prefer the G1 simply over face feel.

I too find that the ATT G1 feels so smooth on my face. Absolutely no face irritation at all. Reminds me of the OneBlade razor.  

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 06-09-2019, 10:02 PM
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I don't have much experience with GEM razors although I do have with feather type SEs (Vector, General, SE1 etc.). The only GEM razor I have is Sabre L2 (also the L1 but as I shave every 3-5 days I've only used L2) and I think it's fantastic! Super smooth, irritation free close shaves. What's more to ask?

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 06-10-2019, 01:36 AM
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I have been using the Sabre L2 exclusively for well more than a year.  In fact, while I have kept my vintage DE and GEM razors, I have sold off all of my modern SE and DE razors.  I really really want to try a Vector but since the L2 is perfect for me, I just cannot pull the trigger.

I am proud to add that after more than 2 years of using both vintage and modern GEM razors, I have finished by first 100 blade box of Personna GEM blades.  Nice!!  Sort of like climbing Everest - but not really .......

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 06-10-2019, 03:50 AM
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It seems, based on this thread, that the Sabre L2 is very well liked. What is the difference between the L1 and the L2? I assume the L2 is more aggressive.

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 06-10-2019, 05:20 AM
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More blade gap, more aggressive (still quite mild).

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 06-20-2019, 05:45 AM
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Once you find the right razor for you, Gem blades work real good.

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 06-20-2019, 03:23 PM
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(06-10-2019, 03:50 AM)shave/brush Wrote: It seems, based on this thread, that the Sabre L2 is very well liked. What is the difference between the L1 and the L2? I assume the L2 is more aggressive.

L2 has a 50% larger blade gap and slightly increased blade exposure by means of a short safety bar.

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