So as you’ve probably seen, I’ve been playing with Gems the last month or so. I have had enough shaves that I feel comfortable starting to form an opinion. For me, Gillette DE razors give a closer shave. Three passes and minor touch up for BBS. For single edge, I get the same results from Schick as I do Gillette, it just maneuvers differently. Gems are more work, and I get stubble sooner than with a Schick or Gillette. The differences are negligible, but noticeable. I’m still going to use the Gem platform in rotation with all the others, but that’s where it’s at now. Who knows, maybe a month isn’t enough time? Maybe the rigidity of the blade makes the difference. I love the look of the razors, and the build quality is off the charts, and I haven’t binned a blade yet. I think they last forever. I’m thinking the DE may have been the pinnacle of shaving technology though, albeit with higher cost per shave. We’ll see. The journey will continue…well, I started this journey in 2009, so maybe it’s eternal?