Which Gem is this please?

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Knox, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Knox

    Knox Well-Known Member

    1912? 1924? I don't know my Gems. Any idea what year span it was manufactured as well?

    It shaves really well- I do know that.

    Thank you, guys!

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  2. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    It’s a 1912
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  3. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    You can see the 1912 on the bottom where the handle screws in.
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  4. Knox

    Knox Well-Known Member

    Well, don't I feel like a dork now LOL. Thanks so much!

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  5. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    Lol no worries I’ve done the same thing.
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  6. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Beats the heck out of that Featherweight doesn't it?!!!
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  7. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    It is a very fine 1912 Gem. They put different handles on them. That is a nice one.
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  8. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    That’s a later 1912. Maybe was made in the 1920’s. Any 1912 is a great razor. I love them.
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  9. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

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  10. Knox

    Knox Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys!
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  11. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    1912...one sweet shave
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  12. Enrico

    Enrico Well-Known Member

    Yup, gave me a good laugh. :)
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  13. Ijustmissedthe50s

    Ijustmissedthe50s The Warnee

    My first vintage razor...the Ever Ready Pat. 1912 British version of your same razor. I have the same styled handle. I couldn't possibly have started with a better razor as an intro to wet shaving. As I understood it, the Pat. 1914 went into production before the Pat. 1912. I've understood that our razors were probably manufactured through the thirties, but that an amalgamation of parts and brands makes for difficulty in narrowing down mfg. dates. I love that razor, and my other SE is a OCMM...I find them both to be zippy little shavers, easy to maneuver and usually use them both with coated blades from Pella.
    While there is a significantly larger choice of DE blades to choose from, I've found that the proper technique with my little SEs is so easy as to make the lack of SE variety a moot point. I'm not sure if modern DE razors have brought upon any significant or real improvements in that style razor or not, my DEs are vintage as well. As for my SEs, the design and materials used by the originals hasn't been surpassed yet. Hope you enjoy your foray into SE shaving. I need to explore the injector world next!
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  14. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member


    1911-1912 Gem de Luxe
    1912 Gem Damaskeene (the "1912")
    1914-1915 (ER) "1914" Marked "American Safety Razor Company New York" Patent Pending
    1917-1919 (ER) "1914" Marked "Ever Ready" Patented March 24/14
    1918 "Radio" trademark blade - just a point of interest being perhaps "Radio" predated "Ever Ready" on the razors that are marked "Radio"?
    1919 Star became a subsiduary of ASR
    1919 Gem "1912"
    1919 (ER) Front Hinged Cap "Brooklyn New York USA" Patent Applied For (becomes the "1924")
    1923 "Ever Ready" trademarked by ASR
    1924 "GEM" trademark redesigned by ASR
    1925 ER "1914" & "1924" produced hereafter marked "Ever Ready"
    1930 Gem "Micromatic" (the Open Comb)
    1930 The Improved Ever Ready ("1912") - what we call the Ever Ready "1912" finally coming into common production (see above, regarding "Radio")
    1933 ER "E-Bar" - potentially earlier than the Gem offering of the same model? (Last use of "Ever Ready" in the US)
    1930s "Star" - supercedes "Ever Ready" in the US (British market continues with "Every Ready") and duplicates "Gem" ("1912") ... perhaps simply becoming the "Junior"
    1930s? Gem G-Bar (introduced after the cessation of the Ever Ready trademark in the US)
    1940s? Gem "1912 Junior"
    1941 Gem (Micromatic) "Clog Pruf"
    1947 Gem (Micromatic) "Flying Wing"
    1940s? (Late) ER "Streamline" (British - Ever Ready trademark picked up in Britain ... last used in US in 1933)
    1950s ER Featherweight (British)
    1950s Gem Featherweight/Pushbutton
    1960s Gem Contour
    1970s Gem Contour II

    Gem "1912" is only a 1912 if it's a Damaskeene, 1919 otherwise.
    An Ever Ready "1912" is actually a 1930 and Star "1912" were made from 1933.

    Ever Ready "1914" is a 1914 if "patent pending", 1917-1919 otherwise.

    Ever Ready "1924" is a not a 1924 if "patent applied for" which makes it actually a 1919.

    Pivotal years seem to be 1912 (Gem Damaskeene "1912" begins), 1919 (Star brought into ASR, Gem "1912" begins & Ever Ready "1924" comes into pre-patent production), 1923 (Ever Ready brand goes full blown) and 1930 (Ever Ready "1912" begins).

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  15. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Has anyone seen an "E-Bar" or a Radio 1912???
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  16. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

    Where does Treet fit into this?

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  18. TobyC

    TobyC Well-Known Member

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  20. Knox

    Knox Well-Known Member

    Love all those photos!
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