Odd Gem Lather Catcher

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Joewa, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. Joewa

    Joewa Active Member

    I was fishing in the bay hoping to catch a Gem Junior Lather catcher and this arrived in what the net dragged in. Its a Wedge/forged era Gem razor, based on the Z marks i can assert it was made after 1903 and probably prior to JR arriving in 1907. its odd in that unlike other 1901 models it has hinge across the entire back of the razor and there is no button open it. to open it you pull on the hinge. I have been unable to find another example like it or reference to it in A Safety Razor Compendium.

    Pictures are worth 1000 words can't wait to get a wedge adapter and try it out.

    Back of razor (note the hinge)

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    pulling on hinge to release it to open

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    open for cleaning

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    Front view

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    Top View


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    Top View with the wedge holders up

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  2. Screwtape

    Screwtape Well-Known Member

    It looks almost like that is a prototype for an "improved" lather catcher. Possibly made not by Gem (at least not the hinge attachment) but by some hopeful home inventor. The hinge looks a bit oversized and clumsy for the razor's overall design.
     
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  3. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Maybe, but it is really cool. I'd be sticking a wedge in that baby and putting it to work. Nice catch.
     
  4. spot705

    spot705 Active Member

    Truly a work of art!
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  5. Screwtape

    Screwtape Well-Known Member

    Agreed. If I didn't say it before (and I didn't) that is a really neat find and a great addition to any collection. I bet Fuzzy @wchnu is jealous...
     
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  6. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    If it was, it was replated afterwards, you can see the remnants of gold plating on the back of the hinge and the wear to the hinge is consistent to the rest of the razor.

    Most homebrew modifications are not so carefully done. I would be more inclined to believe that it was likely manufactured that way.
     
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  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    A Zinn. I have not seen one exacally like that! Very neat. Yes a bit jealous myself. Looks like it will take a modern blade too. Awesome find!
     
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  8. Joewa

    Joewa Active Member

    Its possible its a prototype or a small numbers production. Based on the front view i am sure it must have been done by Gem/ASR. I strongly doubt a homebrew modder would have worked so hard to create the trade dress ( the z's) where the jaws close.
     
  9. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Very much not a homebrew I am sure.
     
  10. Joewa

    Joewa Active Member

    My work here is done.. It appears a standard blade will not work :( .. time to work on remediating my lack of a wedge :).
     
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  11. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    It looks like it has blade stops. Usually that will work with a modern blade. What keeps it from working?
     
  12. Joewa

    Joewa Active Member

    Lack of courage and a double width spine (normal for the vintage)..

    I am now even more curious about its place in the evolution of the safety razor perhaps a missing link or something extra fancy after the juniors came out.

    Not a shelf queen.

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  13. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    That is before the juniors came out. Love that handle.
     
  14. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    As long as the blade is held tight it should be a great shave by the way.
     

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