Gem Single Edge razors

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As you all know, I am a big fan of the AC blades in the General razor. For some reason, not sure why, i decided to dig out my old Gem Clog Pruf and have been using it for the past few shaves. I have really been enjoying the shaves. The razor requires me to go slowly and pay attention to what I’m doing. The Gem SE blades are SHARP! So far, no nicks and the shaves are very close and comfortable. I have two or three different versions of the Gem razors in my collection. I’m going to use them for awhile. Tomorrow the 1912 is on deck and then we’ll move on to the Micromatic open comb. Those guys had it figured out 100 years ago! In fact, I just bought a 1924 Ever Ready Shovelhead on the bay for 18 bucks. The pictures look like it is in mint condition. We’ll see. Over the years I have accumulated about 100 SE blades. Might as well use ‘em.
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Yup.

It's been years since I had a DE shave and I don't miss the flexible blade at all. I keep a few DE razors in the cabinet but it's been a long time since one has been used.
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is there a modern version of these types of razors?

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Clive, if you include Artist Club (AC) and injector single edge blades there are a number of modern razors available. Colonial, RazoRock and Above the Tie come to mind for AC blades. Supply Co. makes a modern injector razor. There are probably others. As far as Gem style SE blades are concerned, I remember reading that some makers have built modern razors for them. I have not paid enough attention to be able to give you names. Sorry. Perhaps some other members can provide more information.
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thanks...if anyone is looking for me i'll be down the razor rabbit hole :D :D
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went looking for a se razor....very nice looking stuff out and about on the www, but of course i didnt buy one. :shock: I retraced back to the razorock site and bought myself a game changer 84 and some acqua soap. 17 thumbs up to the enablers :D :D :D

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The last time I used a DE or Gem style SE was December 23, 2016. On Christmas Eve 2016 I used the General for the first time and haven't gone back since.
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Gary did you buy just the head or the handle as well.....and which blades do you use? thanks...rumour on the www is that some are a lot more aggressive than others

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p.s. when i dropped by the colonial site on sat the general head was listed as sold out...today its back in stock
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I agree that the General is a great razor. I use mine for the vast majority of my shaves and have for a long time now. That being said, I still like to use a DE or Gem SE from time to time. I appreciate variety in my shaving hobby and it helps to keep me from treating my shaves as a daily chore rather than an enjoyable daily event. That's just me, I guess.

Clive, the only AC blade that is substantially more aggressive is the Feather Pro Super. It is slightly wider in the dimension from the back of the blade to the cutting edge. So it provides more blade exposure. In my experience, the other blades have about the same level of aggression. Also, the General is really a pretty mild razor and benefits from a sharp blade. My two favorites are the Kai Captain Original and the Feather Pro. (Not The Pro Super)
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fallingwickets wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:53 am Gary did you buy just the head or the handle as well.....and which blades do you use? thanks...rumour on the www is that some are a lot more aggressive than others

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Clive, I bought the whole set, handle included. I use two brands of blades: Kai Captain Original and Schick Proline P-30. There are subtleties with each particular brand. Maybe that's the attraction in my case. I shave daily and use each blade for one month and then I load the other brand for the following month. As always, we all have our own preferences. With Kai you get 20 blades, and Schick gives you 30, (thus the P-30 brand). I buy mine from Paul at Connaught. PS: I believe Colonial has changed the design of the General's handle since I first got mine, which I use exclusively and I like it a lot. If you decide to get one of the AC razors, PM me and I'll send you samples of both blades.
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Hello to all of you -

The glowing reports about this razor intrigue me, but I worry about the blades. Some time back, there were reports about skin-thinning from Feather blades in Feather straight razors.

In the past, some have recommended Feather DE blades for mild DE razors. I tried this, but I have experienced skin-thinning in whatever DE razor that I loaded with a Feather blade. I also found Kai DE blades to be harsh. (Note that I have very thin/delicate/sensitive skin.)

This being the case, is there any chance that I would get along with the razor in question loaded with said blades?

Thanks.

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Thanks for the feedback, gents. Gary, one blade is good for 30 shaves? :shock: :shock:

Murray if youre interested: I'll buy the razor ( blades are on you) and have it delivered to you. If you enjoy using it, keep (and paypal, zelle, etc) it, and if not forward to me. :)

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Clive, yes I shave every day and I use each blade for at least 30 days unless it's February. :D

By the way, Murray, if you end up with this razor and need some blades then, I will certainly send you samples of the two that I have which are the Kai original Captain and the Schick.
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Clive and Gary -

Thank you for the generous offers, both of which I will accept!

I will send you both my mailing address via PM.

Thanks again.

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thats impressive Gary. I change my de blade after 4 shaves. savings on blades alone can cover the cost of the razor hahaha

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I have the black all aluminum Generation 1 General, and used the Feather 20-pack. I used a Feather blade through all of December, just to see if I could. It made it, but the shaves were for sure falling off.

I just installed my last blade from that pack - Gary sent me a couple of the Schick's to try - and I think that will be my next purchase.
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