10-01-2021, 07:24 AM
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  • garyg
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At Chappy's request, here are some more shots of my Rapide -  originally supplied with a wedge blade and stropper, I use it only with the modern GEM SS blades.  Never could get those old wedge blades sharp enough to suit ..

First the whole kit - no strop survived, I have another Rapide that was found with an Autostrop leather ..

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The Rapide with original blade in place ..

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The modern GEM blade I use to shave with ..

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A shot of the back of the head with the wire blade clamp screwed up to hold the modern blade ..

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 10-01-2021, 12:26 PM
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Thank you garyg, that is one interesting razor!  The additional pictures help tremendously in understanding how it works.  Again, thank you!

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 10-01-2021, 01:11 PM
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That is a nice example Gary.  Very clean, and the box in-tact.  Amazing. 

I always wondered about these -

How's the shave compared to, say, a '1901' Gem?

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 10-01-2021, 01:57 PM
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(10-01-2021, 01:11 PM)norton Wrote: That is a nice example Gary.  Very clean, and the box in-tact.  Amazing. 

I always wondered about these -

How's the shave compared to, say, a '1901' Gem?


Thanks Norton - I actually have had a couple of them over the years.  I don't have a 1901 GEM, only a couple I believe are 1902's, I'd say the Rapide is comparable if not a little more aggressive due to the extra heft.  That's both using modern GEM blades

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 10-02-2021, 05:59 AM
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Gary, thanks for sharing your photos and knowledge about this rare bird. Much appreciated.

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 10-02-2021, 12:41 PM
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(10-01-2021, 01:57 PM)garyg Wrote:
(10-01-2021, 01:11 PM)norton Wrote: That is a nice example Gary.  Very clean, and the box in-tact.  Amazing. 

I always wondered about these -

How's the shave compared to, say, a '1901' Gem?


Thanks Norton - I actually have had a couple of them over the years.  I don't have a 1901 GEM, only a couple I believe are 1902's, I'd say the Rapide is comparable if not a little more aggressive due to the extra heft.  That's both using modern GEM blades

Nice - thanks for the reply - those early lather catchers do shave very well, and it makes sense that the weight would kick up the aggression a notch.

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