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GEM G-Bar
08-31-2012, 09:04 AM
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GEM G-Bar
I recently added a G-Bar to my growing SE family and had my first shave with it last night. Firstly the razor just looks cool; it has a nice 40's-50's retro look to it that I'm really digging. Secondly, the thing shaves like a dream. I think that it may be slightly more mild than the GEM Jr. that I've been using, but the G-Bar really provides a smooth effortless shave. If I had to compare it to a DE I would compare it to my flair tip Superspeed in regard to the shave it delivers, but do I dare say that I like the G-Bar much better!
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08-31-2012, 09:33 AM
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RE: GEM G-Bar
I like the G-Bar and it is a nice looking razor. I think the Gem Featherweight is the same thing with a plastic handle, and that's my favorite. Maybe because the plastic makes it lighter in weight.
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08-31-2012, 09:47 AM
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I agree Tom...the G-Bar is one of my favorite SE's, both in appearance and in the shave which it provides.
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08-31-2012, 09:49 AM
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RE: GEM G-Bar
The G-Bar really is a nice razor. Its the only SE I have ever used, though I'm thinking about getting a clogpruf as my next SE.

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08-31-2012, 11:50 AM
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RE: GEM G-Bar
The G bar was one of my favorites when I was into SE razors. If you ever get the chance to buy another Gem try for the Magic Eye. What a beautiful razor and shaver.
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08-31-2012, 01:10 PM (This post was last modified: 08-31-2012 01:12 PM by BladeDE40.)
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RE: GEM G-Bar
(08-31-2012 11:50 AM)slantman Wrote:  The G bar was one of my favorites when I was into SE razors. If you ever get the chance to buy another Gem try for the Magic Eye. What a beautiful razor and shaver.

Is the Magic Eye the same as the Micromatic Bullet Tip?

(08-31-2012 09:49 AM)vuk Wrote:  The G-Bar really is a nice razor. Its the only SE I have ever used, though I'm thinking about getting a clogpruf as my next SE.

[Image: maygbar.jpg]

I have a Micromatic Clog Pruf sitting on the sidelines waiting to come into the game. I may give it a go this weekend. I've been a little hesitant though as I've heard it is on the aggressive side.
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08-31-2012, 03:16 PM
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RE: GEM G-Bar
Music to my ears B'DE40!

The G-bar is a nice razor for sure. I doubt if anyone with shaving experience could ever get a cut or nick from it and the shave is superb IMO. The same can be said for the FW. I learned to blade shave this time 'round with a FW and you never forget your first, or some such.

I agree, it's milder than the 1912 Jr. .

But all of that coming from me is no surprise. Many folks know how much I love SE razors. I use both SE and DE but SE definitely has a special place in my shave cabinet.
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08-31-2012, 07:02 PM (This post was last modified: 08-31-2012 07:04 PM by razorx.)
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RE: GEM G-Bar
(08-31-2012 01:10 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote:  
(08-31-2012 11:50 AM)slantman Wrote:  The G bar was one of my favorites when I was into SE razors. If you ever get the chance to buy another Gem try for the Magic Eye. What a beautiful razor and shaver.

Is the Magic Eye the same as the Micromatic Bullet Tip?

(08-31-2012 09:49 AM)vuk Wrote:  The G-Bar really is a nice razor. Its the only SE I have ever used, though I'm thinking about getting a clogpruf as my next SE.

[Image: maygbar.jpg]

I have a Micromatic Clog Pruf sitting on the sidelines waiting to come into the game. I may give it a go this weekend. I've been a little hesitant though as I've heard it is on the aggressive side.

I believe so...
I have a few Flying Wing Bullet Tips,they all have the magic eye,one of my NOS Bullet Tips still has a little rectangular card inserted where the SE blade sits that describes the way to use the magic eye as a guide.

I'm now religiously using the Flying Wing for head shaving because it just that damn good---->Silky smooth yet deadly effective

Just starting stress testing my new to me Flat Top Heavy Weight..... "AKA: G-Bar" For face and head shaving---it's already proved to be inferior to the Bullet Tip for head shaving but might have some real potential as a face shaver.
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08-31-2012, 08:29 PM (This post was last modified: 08-31-2012 08:30 PM by ShadowsDad.)
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RE: GEM G-Bar
OCMM or ClogPruf for head shaving! Trust me, you'll love it. It's actually easier than shaving the face as long as the same light touch is applied. Don't know why the Bullet tip wouldn't work though.

The Flying Wing or Bullet Tip is the only GEM made with the guiding eye so far as I know. All the guiding eye is is a spot machined into the blade cover. Just place the blade cover flat on the skin and drop the handle the tiniest bit and you have the right angle. Pretty much the same with any SE razor.
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09-01-2012, 02:56 AM
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The G-bar is a great looking and shaving razor. Not my favorite but a really good easy to use razor
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09-01-2012, 10:18 AM
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(08-31-2012 08:29 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote:  OCMM or ClogPruf for head shaving! Trust me, you'll love it. It's actually easier than shaving the face as long as the same light touch is applied. Don't know why the Bullet tip wouldn't work though.

The Flying Wing or Bullet Tip is the only GEM made with the guiding eye so far as I know. All the guiding eye is is a spot machined into the blade cover. Just place the blade cover flat on the skin and drop the handle the tiniest bit and you have the right angle. Pretty much the same with any SE razor.

What I like about the GEMs is the consistency of that flat (or almost flat) blade cover over time.When the cap/cover has a dome shape such as the doors on a Gillette SuperSpeed that changed in shape over the years or even the OLD's which went to a thicker more rounded cap from 1921 on it's a little different ballgame from razor ro razor.

The guiding eye's a bit of a gimmick but for those who do better with visuals it does illustrate the part of blade cover that should be barely touching skin when the shaving angle's correct.

It's a "Flying Wing" with a "Bullet Tip" !

Adding a "Guiding Eye" just adds to the fun.The link to Buck Rodgers,rockets and fighter planes is written all over it.

Using it makes me feel like a kid and it's a heck of a good razor.
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02-08-2013, 03:53 PM
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RE: GEM G-Bar
I really don't use this razor enough; it's probably been a couple months since I've used it. I decided it was time to break it out again last night...loaded it with a fresh blade and man this thing shaves like a dream. I do not think it's possible to get a bad shave with this razor.
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02-08-2013, 04:23 PM
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I agree Tom. For me it's a bit like a bicycle with training wheels, but the shave can't be denied. OK, except for me it's the FW. I can shave with the G-Bar, I just don't like as much as the FW. Maybe once a year I put a blade in it and am amazed.
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02-18-2013, 05:40 PM
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Maybe I am doing something wrong here but I find it very mild. Perhaps I need to really have it flat against the skin...
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02-18-2013, 05:51 PM
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(02-18-2013 05:40 PM)Galhatz Wrote:  Maybe I am doing something wrong here but I find it very mild. Perhaps I need to really have it flat against the skin...

The HFT (Heavy Flat Top) is too mild for me to use. I keep mine around simply because I think it looks really cool & so that I have one to lend to others that may want to try one. I much prefer the OCMM & Streamline.
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02-18-2013, 05:59 PM (This post was last modified: 02-18-2013 06:00 PM by BladeDE40.)
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RE: GEM G-Bar
(02-18-2013 05:40 PM)Galhatz Wrote:  Maybe I am doing something wrong here but I find it very mild. Perhaps I need to really have it flat against the skin...

It is on the mild side, but it works great when I need a quick, worry/nick free shave. It takes an extra pass for me to get a BBS, but its fun to use every now and then. I do much prefer my new Streamline or CPMM. As Brian stated, the G-Bar just looks cool.
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02-18-2013, 06:12 PM
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Interesting that these razors are considered so mild. I don't use SEs anymore because I find all of them too aggressive. Huh

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02-18-2013, 07:26 PM
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(02-18-2013 06:12 PM)CMur12 Wrote:  Interesting that these razors are considered so mild. I don't use SEs anymore because I find all of them too aggressive. Huh

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Murray,
It is quite true that there is not a single razor, nor even a single type of razor that works well for everyone. I would propose that your real reason was not the razors but rather the blades. That's my issue with DEs; the DE blades don't work well for me in any razor. Did you ever try injectors? If so, how did you get along with them?

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02-18-2013, 08:12 PM
Post: #19
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I had one of these and chose to part with it. But it was a lovely little razor nonetheless. It just didn't capture my attention the way my DEs do, and was languishing.
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02-18-2013, 08:17 PM
Post: #20
RE: GEM G-Bar
Brian, strangely enough, I originally learned to shave - many years ago - on a Type L Schick Injector, which was current at the time. Later, I moved on to a Gillette Adjustable.

In recent years, since returning to the traditional wetshave, I have become very DE-oriented. Within this pardigm, a lot of different blades work well for me.

I spent some time shaving with GEM SEs, namely the Featherweight, Heavy Flat Top/G-bar, and a 1912. I liked the ergonomics and the aural feedback of the 1912, but it was way too aggressive for me. I did better with the Featherweight and Heavy Flat Top/G-bar, but they were still pretty aggressive.

The SE blades that worked best for me are the ASR/Treet carbon steel blades, which are noticeably sharper than ASR/GEM stainless blades. With a light touch, the Treets would mow through anything, but the sharpness dropped off quickly. With the GEM blades, I had to apply some pressure to get the same cut, and this resulted in more irritation.

I have tried Injector razors, but I don't think I have put enough time into the effort. I have Type I, L, and M-Adjustable Injectors, and I have a nice little stash of vintage blades. I think there is potential for me in the Injector shave.

My impression is that DEs shave so smoothly, while SEs and Injectors feel "rough." Frankly though, I think the Schick Injector is the most ingenious design of all safety razors.

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