EVER READY PASS AROUND

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by twhite, May 4, 2017.

  1. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    The reference to the big 3 is to the models. They all just happen to be Ever-Ready brands. 1912,1914,&1924 the most prominent SE razors.


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  2. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Hm. I've always heard "GEM MicroMatic" when people were referring to SE's far more than ER. *shrug* It doesn't _matter_, it was just a point of interest.
     
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  3. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

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    SOTD May 28, 2017

    Blade: GEM carbon
    Razor: Ever Ready 1912
    Brush: Artisan badger
    Lather: Fine American Blend
    Post: Witch hazel, Fine American Blend aftershave
    WTG

    Used the 1912 again yesterday. Terrific lather from the Fine soap and a quick one pass shave with the 1912 that was really smooth and comfortable. Very enjoyable. I will most likely use the 1912 one more time and then move on to the 1914. It's fun trying these out, and thanks to Tom for organizing the pass!

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  4. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    GEM and Ever-Ready are the most well known and popular SE vintage brands and sometimes overlapped with respect to models or style of razor. For example, there are GEM versions of the 1912 model (as well as Star versions.) Like everything else in shaving YMMV but many would consider these the core classics. Not to say the OCMM or others are not deserving of being considered classics in their own right. :happy088:
     
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  5. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    All the same company regardless of branding, the Ever Ready 1912 being a reissue of the GEM 1912. GEM branded razors were often sold as Ever Ready in the UK. I'm not sure about there being a "big three" anyway, I see way more Micromatic OCs than 1914s or 1924s.

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  6. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    See http://theshaveden.com/forums/threads/which-is-the-real-1912-razor.53393/ This is one of many discussions about the interconnections of these companies. (See post #2.) I think of the 1912, 1914, and 1924 as being the classic flip-top style SEs which is what I suspect @twhite was getting at.
     
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  7. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

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    SOTD May 30, 2017

    Blade: GEM carbon
    Razor: Ever Ready 1914 SE
    Brush: JR #142 black badger
    Lather: Soap Commander Fortitude
    Post: Witch hazel, Stirling Mountain Man aftershave
    WTG, touch up

    Switched over to the 1914. My goal is to shave this again and then the 1924 twice and then send it on the way. I'll be going out of town next week and want to keep things moving!

    The 1914 was smooth and comfortable. I didn't notice any big differences between it and the 1912. They shave very similarly in my opinion. They are efficient and comfortable and fun to use. Nice shave today with this setup. Looking forward to the rest of the week and trying out the 1924 as well.

    Have a great day!

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  8. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

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    SOTD May 31, 2017

    Blade: GEM carbon
    Razor: Ever Ready 1914 SE
    Brush: Semogue 1520 boar
    Lather: Williams Mug Soap
    Post: Witch hazel, Aqua Velva aftershave
    WTG, touch up

    Another nice shave with the 1914 this morning. I really enjoy it. The only drawback for me is the short and small handle. The short handle isn't really a problem but the circumference of the handle is fairly small. But that's a minor issue that doesn't influence the whole razor's experience. It's a great shaver.

    Thanks to Tom for organizing this pass-around! I'll move to the 1924 next for a couple of shaves and then send it off to the next recipient. Is @dustmite next?

    Have a great day!

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  9. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Yes he is. Bama wants to be last.

    Any other takers? Come one come all.


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  10. dustmite

    dustmite Well-Known Member

    What about @Jim99? Don't want to cut line...
     
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  11. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    You are correct. Sorry Jim


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  12. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

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    SOTD June 1, 2017

    Blade: GEM carbon
    Razor: Ever Ready 1924 SE
    Brush: Surrey badger
    Lather: Stirling Dunshire
    Post: Witch hazel, Stirling Dunshire aftershave
    WTG, touch up

    Nice shave with the 1924 this morning. However, it felt much more aggressive than the 1912 and 1914. I've been using the same carbon blade for these razors, so that was the fifth use of that blade. Regardless, it felt like I could feel the blade a good bit more with the 1924. Still ended up with a nice, close shave, but it wasn't as comfortable as the other two razors.

    Is that a common experience or did I experience an aberration?

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  13. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    That is normal. Try adding a shim under the blade. Take the spine off an old SE blade. Then break it in half. Take one of those sections and place it under the the blade. This will replicate the old style blades with the thicker spines. That will smooth out your shave.

    Tom


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  14. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I noticed when putting the blade in that it wanted to float up a little bit near the spine. So a shim makes sense. I'll give that a whirl and see what happens. I am thinking one more shave with the 1924 and then sending it off to @Jim99.
     
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  15. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    It is more noticeable on the 1924 to me. The shim works for all 3 models.


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  16. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I used two injector blades as shim before. Would that work here, or do you think the despined blade works better?
     
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  17. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    Anything will work.


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  18. jmudrick

    jmudrick Well-Known Member

    Is five shaves pushing it for a carbon blade? I do head shaves so can't compare directly.

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  19. twhite

    twhite Peeping Tom

    I get 5 really good shaves from both Carbon and SS. The Carbon tapers off gradually and the SS seams to give up the ghost all at once. That is my experience. If I only had one blade, I prefer the Carbon.


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  20. Karl G

    Karl G Well-Known Member

    I'd have to do some hunting but I've seen a post that shows the height of an old blade and the adjusted height of a modern blade with a shim made from a modern spine. It is very close to dead on. If the twin blades are a different thickness it may still shave well but it won't be replicating the geometry of the blades from the time. :happy088:
     
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