Single edge razors

Let's talk about single and double edged razors and the blades that they use.
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Re: Single edge razors

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General is my best razor and it's an SE. I never would have foreseen that until the General came out last year. I'm waiting for the stainless with a knurled handle to be released.
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Re: Single edge razors

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Thanks guys
I will give it a few more shave and if not happy go back to my 34C and wait until Colonial starts selling the General Black
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Re: Single edge razors

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Vince, the angle for the GEM SE razors is very different from that for DE razors. You almost place the top of the razor flat against the skin.

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Re: Single edge razors

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Vince, have they given any indication as to when the black General will be available?
Gary

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Re: Single edge razors

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Hi Guys,
It is Labor Day and I am sitting in my back yard smoking a great cigar,sipping a good bourbon and enjoying the new Suculant garden I planted over the weekend.

I had a few more shaves with both razors and I am happy to say I am now getting an irritation free shave with both razors ( I seem to prefer the G bar). However to get that irritation free shave I pretty much ride the flat top cap but I do not like the drag of the top cap on my face. This week I will try to slightly increase the angle to keep the top cap off my face hopping I will be able to maintain the angle.

Thanks for all the advice,

Vince
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Re: Single edge razors

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Gary,
The release date for the new General Black is late September early October.

Vince
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Re: Single edge razors

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Hopefully the Stainless version will be released soon also.
Gary

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Re: Single edge razors

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A lot, of chaps, seem to enjoy the Blue Star GEM razor blades.
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Re: Single edge razors

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As I recall, the GEM Blue Star are carbon steel blades (which I favor, myself). These should be similar to, if not the same as, the Treet SE blades which are also carbon steel. GEM and Treet are brands owned by American Safety Razor (or whatever the company is called now).

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Re: Single edge razors

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Yesterday and today I used one of my Valet Autostrops with a Feather blade. The shave was pretty ho-hum, not much to report. Did a two pass with touch up and as expected the end product was PDG.

Here is the one I used today.

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When I first found it it still had the little paper directions where a blade should go.

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Here is my older one with a blade inserted and it is up for tomorrow.

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Re: Single edge razors

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Vince your proposed new angle is the one I prefer. If one looks at my razors they can be seen to be clean where the head rubs my skin, maybe 1/4" away from the blade. Beyond that there is soap scum buildup.
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Re: Single edge razors Colonial aluminum Black

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Let's start by saying most of my irritation problems have been solved, however; my chin is still a sensitive issue. Many times I only do two passes on my chin and no irritation problem.

I received my Colonial two weeks ago before I went on vacation and started using it last week and have had six shaves with it. And I am very pleased with the results.

Although I nicked myself a few times (I believe because I am not use to the longer blade) I found it to be a mild razor. Using the Kai Pink blade I received some of the smoothest, closes three pass shaves I have had since I started DE shaving about eight months ago.

I have read where some people have received 10 shaves on the same blade, I do not expect the same results. My sixth shave was a bit rough and I will see what happens on my seventh shave. As for the light weight of the razor I liked it.

My one criticism is when you loosen the head it becomes exstreamly loose. After I shave I loosen the head for cleaning but you cannot loosen the head just a little. Just loosen the head a quarter turn and the water from the faucet starters spinning the head, I do not have this problem with any other razor I own. This make me question the quality of the treads and how long they will last.

Overall I was very pleased with the razor and can see it becoming one of my go to razors.

Vince
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Re: Single edge razors Colonial aluminum Black

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Vincev wrote:My one criticism is when you loosen the head it becomes exstreamly loose. After I shave I loosen the head for cleaning but you cannot loosen the head just a little. Just loosen the head a quarter turn and the water from the faucet starters spinning the head, I do not have this problem with any other razor I own. This make me question the quality of the treads and how long they will last.

Overall I was very pleased with the razor and can see it becoming one of my go to razors.

Vince
When I loosen the head to flush I hold it under the water by the end of the head and not the handle. That seems to have solved the problem.
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