GEM RAZOR MODELS

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Ron R, Nov 8, 2018.

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Pick the Gem you like shaving with, multiple choices allowed for different models!

  1. Gem Lather catcher

    21 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. Gem Junior

    22 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. Gem 1912 Damaskeene

    30 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Gem Micro Matic clog proof

    29 vote(s)
    32.2%
  5. Gem Micro Matic Bullet handle (flying wing)

    27 vote(s)
    30.0%
  6. Gem Micro Matic Open comb

    37 vote(s)
    41.1%
  7. Gem Push button

    18 vote(s)
    20.0%
  8. Gem G- Bar

    29 vote(s)
    32.2%
  9. Gem Feather weight

    18 vote(s)
    20.0%
  10. Gem Contour

    8 vote(s)
    8.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    It was a used Gem Personna SS PTFE (10 uses) blade Jody.
     
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  2. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    Micromatic dismantled observations
    Well this damaged Micromatic(MMOC) was sent to me with a damaged blade stop from the big online Auction house in a razor lot 2 years ago so why not take this one apart for some folks who want to know how it works.
    This razor legend was built to last many generations and the engineering is outstanding.
    Micromatic (MMOC)were the First TTO in mass production in USA and world wide used a push rack and pinion assisted with a spring that has worked well for myself and millions of others world wide from production of Micromatic variants from 1930-50. Millions were sold that is how much they were enjoyed + built to last generations.
    Micromatic collage 1.jpg
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    Have some great shaves!
     
  3. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Very detailed pictorial breakdown. Thanks!
     
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  4. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Thanks. I have never seen one disassembled.
     
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  5. jmudrick

    jmudrick Type A Man

    Because why would you? They don't break :) . Well hardly. And if they do $15 gets you another one. Unless your relying on prison labor there's no economic rationale to repairing one.

    Sent from my Google Chromebook Pixel (2015) using Tapatalk
     
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  6. jay_gatz

    jay_gatz Well-Known Member

    So the one razor I have not shaved with is a Gem. Was thinking about grabbing a pushbutton, just to see if I am missing anything. Is it similar to a Schick? I just want to grab one, don't need another RAD. Also, any advice on where to source good blades for these? What is considered to be the best model for getting a "general idea" of the GEM experience? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  7. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    The push button is a good starting point. I find it a bit milder than the MicroMatic.
    As for blades, I prefer Gem over Treet, but that's me. I used to be able to get Gem blades at the local grocery store, but can't find 'em anymore. I'm stocked up for a couple more years, but I was wondering the same as you - where to buy Gem SE blades?
     
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  8. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    I prefer the Micromatic Clog Pruf. There are different models of the Micromatic. IMO The Open Comb is slightly more aggressive than the clog pruf and you would feel more blade. The Micromatic Bullet Tip is more mild than either the open comb or the clog pruf. When going to single edge, remember that the blade is stiffer and you need a light touch. As for blades, I get along with the PTFE coated ones.
     
  9. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    There ya go, Dale @PanChango
    I forgot that the Micromatic comes in the Clog Pruf model, as well.
    Yes, certainly milder than the Micromatic Open Comb.
    I've never tried the Bullet Tip.
     
  10. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

  11. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

  12. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Thanks, Steve.

    I never thought that thread would get so many views when I started it way back when... geez I've been around here a while. :scared011:

    I wonder when I get my gold watch. :ban:
     
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  13. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master Staff Member

    Whew man, the couple of times I tried a GEM razor, that thing ate me up! Of course that was like 10 or 11 years ago. Now that I am well experienced, maybe I should give it another go.
     
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  14. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    I recently stumbled across my first SE SOTD post from July 1, 2011. I still remember that shave. It was with an OCMM and I got tore up enough that I had to skip a day or two to recover from the carnage. After that, things just clicked for me. If you have a Clog Pruf, it has a bit softer face feel and shaves just as well
     
  15. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    Penguins don't have wrists. I would think a pocket watch would make more sense, but they tend to walk around naked as well....
     
  16. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    It can't hurt... well, actually it can. But, nothing ventured nothing gained.
     
  17. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Reading the time upside down is the hard part, actually.

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  18. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

  19. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Sweet collection! @Ron R
    All great shavers, although I've never tried the Bullet Tip.
    I had a Featherweight, but gave it away. It was too light for my liking.
     
  20. BBS

    BBS Well-Known Member

    If you want a push button gem razor to keep and a few ptfe coated stainless steel blades to use in it pm me. They are mild razors. All the gem razors made after about 1950 are on the mild side the push buttons being introduced I think around 1958.
     
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