03-04-2018, 02:02 PM
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Gents, been on the Nook for close to 2 years now and have learnt a lot about various things from this learned community. Time for another suggestion please.

I have not used a Gem style razor ever and I am tempted to use one after hearing a lot about the shave quality, blade longevity and the new modern razors that use GEM.

I don't want to bite the bullet yet with the more expensive models like a Sabre etc, hence this post.

Please suggest me a budget GEM razor which shaves equally well, If not better than some of the modern expensive razors.

Also, please point me towards the right source.

Thanks in advance!


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 03-04-2018, 02:09 PM
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(03-04-2018, 02:02 PM)Jags009 Wrote: Please suggest me a budget GEM razor which shaves equally well, If not better than some of the modern expensive razors.

Also, please point me towards the right source.

A GEM Micromatic - Clug Pruf or Open Comb - is often considered a very good introduction to the world of SE in general and GEM in particular. Less aggressive than some of the earlier GEM and EverReady razor, yet plenty effective. Just mind the angle; any SE is a bit more fussy about that than most DE.

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 03-04-2018, 02:30 PM
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(03-04-2018, 02:02 PM)Jags009 Wrote: Gents, been on the Nook for close to 2 years now and have learnt a lot about various things from this learned community. Time for another suggestion please.

I have not used a Gem style razor ever and I am tempted to use one after hearing a lot about the shave quality, blade longevity and the new modern razors that use GEM.

I don't want to bite the bullet yet with the more expensive models like a Sabre etc, hence this post.

Please suggest me a budget GEM razor which shaves equally well, If not better than some of the modern expensive razors.

Also, please point me towards the right source.

Thanks in advance!


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The Gem Jr 1912 style is my go to. Can be had on the cheap as well. The MMOC is also a good choice like mentioned but the 1912 is IMO the way to go.

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 03-04-2018, 02:35 PM
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Clog Pruf would be my suggestion.

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 03-04-2018, 03:04 PM
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This is a good question to post, and I'm looking forward to the responses.

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 03-04-2018, 03:13 PM
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GEM/ Ever Ready 1912 model is a great razor and you can find one in very good condition at an affordable price on Ebay, Jagdeep! I was lucky enough to score two excellent razors a couple of years ago.

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 03-04-2018, 05:25 PM
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The GEM Damaskeene is great. I'm also a big fan of the MMOC and Clog-pruf, which seem about the same to me other than the open comb vs bar difference.

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 03-04-2018, 05:48 PM
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Man.

I just shaved with my Gem Featherweight today and I'm kind of having an existential crisis. Ok not really, but I am still surprised.

I haven't used anything but vintage Gem type razors and none in quite some time honestly. For fun today I went with my least expensive stuff all around. Cheap synthetic brush, cheap shaving cream, and the Featherweight I have had in the medicine cabinet from eBay for ages. I enjoyed the shave, but the razor and blade pretty much go against everything I have recently been enjoying. 

It took multiple passes and that thing is light. It was fun and smooth. Really smooth. The blade I used had one prior use on it and the rigidity is just fantastic. 

I don't know that I'm ready to invest in a modern Gem type razor. The lack of variety in blades makes me a little apprehensive. There's so many nice and inexpensive vintage razors. I probably have more than a half dozen different kinds. I'm going to have to try them again. Been too long.

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 03-04-2018, 06:01 PM
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(03-04-2018, 03:13 PM)nikos.a Wrote: GEM/ Ever Ready 1912 model is a great razor and you can find one in very good condition at an affordable price on Ebay, Jagdeep! I was lucky enough to score two excellent razors a couple of years ago.

Could not agree more.  It is an excellent shaver.  One of my favorite.  I bought mine in the original box with instructions looking like it was never used and paid $34 on ebay last year.  You can find them even more reasonable but I liked the idea of getting all the packaging extras.

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 03-04-2018, 06:31 PM
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The 1912 is a fine razor, The Featherweight I have is a display-only item. I used it once. Not likely ever again.

Recently I acquired a Sabre L2. I replace the stock handle with a knurled Bulldog style handle. It's turned into a favorite. I find my self reaching for it vs a Weber PH. And that's not somethign I expected!

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 03-04-2018, 08:00 PM
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I'm also a fan of the Gem Featherweight - smooth, not a biter, comfy handle and usually pretty cheap to buy. I also like the Gem 1912 Parade (with the large bakelite handle). Many of the vintage Gems have short/thin handles but the Featherweight/Parade work for me. Enjoy!

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 03-05-2018, 12:21 PM
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Contour. Better then you think

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 03-05-2018, 12:40 PM
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Push button is another under rated gem.

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 03-05-2018, 12:50 PM
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Clog-Pruf . Unless you really need a super mild razor I wouldn't recommend the later models (Feather Weight/Push Button/Contour). Damaskeene and 1912 are also almost universally appreciated.

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 03-05-2018, 06:55 PM
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If you prefer more blade feel I would go with Micromatic MMOC, if you prefer medium aggressiveness the 1912’s and for a mild preference the Micromatic bullet or clogpruf. Most of these I picked up for under $15

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 03-05-2018, 07:52 PM
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I get my most comfortable Gem shaves from a gold plated, user grade Bullet Tip with a dot in the cap. It's the least aggressive on my face of all the razors mentioned.

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 03-06-2018, 03:21 AM
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Jagdeep, I see that you picked up two nice Gem razors on the BST from LuvWetShavin.  You did well!

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 03-06-2018, 03:26 AM
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Gentlemen, thank you very much for your kind responses. I have bought 2 razors from Tad basis your inputs. Clug Pruf & 1912 junior. I am not sure what the term junior in it means or how is it different from the standard 1912.

I got a package deal from Tad including a lot of blades as well.

Many thanks once again.


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 03-06-2018, 03:27 AM
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(03-06-2018, 03:21 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Jagdeep, I see that you picked up two nice Gem razors on the BST from LuvWetShavin.  You did well!


Yes Ricardo and thanks to all once again.



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 03-06-2018, 03:44 AM
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