Single-Edged Shaving

My first experience with single-edged shaving was with the Schick injector razor. I started using the Schick SE in about 1965 as recommended by my good friend Pat Cox. He convinced me that the thicker blades would last longer. I used the Schick through my time in the Army and then I started experimenting with various blade types that were supposed to be improvements. I had never used the Gem razor because my mother used that to shave her legs. That was a girl's razor to me.

In 2010 I got my father's Schick injector razor (series E) and added it into my rotation of DE razors. I was surprised how well it shaved.

I have since become intrigued with the Gem/Ever-Ready razors. I have five that I have gotten from eBay auctions at reasonable prices.

These razors are really different from my experience with DE shaving and even my Schick experience. I did a lot of reading about these razors before I bought one. They do an excellent job. It is just plain fun to shave with a razor that was designed in 1912. The Gem, Gem Junior, and Ever-Ready have the same head and open comb. The Gem Micromatic is a TTO with an open comb, and the Gem Pushbutton has a closed bar. The trick to shaving with these razors is using a low angle of attack. Original instructions were to shave with the head flat on the face, but an angle of about 10 degrees is acceptable. I get great shaves, and I have yet to nick, cut, or suffer razor burn.  I owe my good fortune to reading other bloggers first. If you try to shave with a steeper angle, you run a good risk of blood-letting.

1-4-2013 --- This is my newest acquisition: a 1912 Gem Jr. This one is near perfect condition and delivers a fantastic shave.

Gem Featherweight, March 13, 2013

Gem Clog-pruf and Schick I, July 10, 2013

Schick M Adjustable, September 13, 2013

Ever-Ready 1914, November 23, 2013

Ever-Ready 1924, January 21, 2014

Eversharp Hydro-Magic Type I, February 6, 2014

GEM G-bar, August 23, 2014

Schick J-2, L-1, and M-2, September 17, 2014

GEM Bullet Tip: December 24, 2014

Pal Adjustable: November 7, 2015

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