I have an old Gem Micromatic, exactly like the one in the third photo in the bakelite case here: http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/Micromatic

I used this once a really long time ago.  It was awful.  Now, I wouldn't hesitate to chalk that up to bad technique or a cheap blade.  But does anyone use these daily?  Is there a secret I'm missing?

Tags: gem, shaving

Views: 808

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I did a lot of reading last night, and this morning gave it another go.  There are some things to learn about safety razors before just diving in, it seems.  Damn this thing shaves close.  No nicks or cuts, no irritation.

For those interested in today's recipe for success:

- Pre-shave oil seems to be The thing.  I've never used it before, nor did I have any.  So I raided the pantry and used some sunflower oil (based on the ingredients in some of the DIY shave oil recipes I found).  I worked it in and let it sit for a minute before moving on.

- Went back to the badger brush and old fashioned shave soap.  I can't remember what brand of soap is in my little lather pot.  The brand has long since worn off the puck.  The badger hair brush is another must, as it works the lather into, around, and under your stubble.

- Hottest of hot water.  It was still from the tap, but I made sure the lather was piping hot, as well as the razor.

- Angle.  This is the biggest thing I needed to learn, and would have continued hacking up my face had I not read it.  There is a distinct happy angle for these razors.  Too far one way and you're not cutting anything.  Too far the other and you're brutalizing your skin.

- Followed up with a bit of ye olde Bay Rum aftershave.

I apologize if I'm preaching to the choir.  But if you've tried an old school safety razor and hated it, give it another go.  You might just fall in love.

I have been shaving every other day with one of three Micromatics for the past year. I have two clog-prufs and one classic. As long as I'm careful, I can avoid cuts and achieve some of the closest shaves.

In my opinion, the trick is to keep the head flat against your skin. I also recommend applying virtually no pressure. Finally, make sure to wet your face before applying a quality shaving soap.

If I wet my face for 30 seconds before applying col. conk's shave soap and remember to use the techniques above, I get the best shaves every time.

P.S. Carbon steel blades cut closer but rust easily and wear out sooner. My favorites are the Gem Blue carbon blades.

It's funny, however I got the micromatics in a bulk estate purchase. I honestly didn't know what they were until I found Badger and Blade. Since trying them out, I have never touched a double-edge razor or cartridge razor for normal shaving.

The SE blades are thicker than DE blades and seem to shave closer as well.

SE razors are really amazing though. Keep purchasing blades so that ASR keeps producing them!

I have one of these  GEM micromatics. I first learned how to use a safety razor with it a few years ago. I'd say it's not the most user friendly right out of the gate. There are definitely more forgiving razors out there but you'll be hard pressed to find a SE safety razor that gives you a closer shave once you get the hang of it.

RSS

Latest Activity

Chris J. left a comment for Matt J K
"Hey Matt! I hope you are doing well. Thanks for add, hope to chat sometime."
3 minutes ago
Elon Erani replied to Alan Robertson's discussion Personal Challenge Log -
"Alan Hi. How long ago did u start your routine of jogging & walking? U do it twice a week/ For 1/2 hr. I need to get into a routine. My depression is really zapping me of all my energy. I must lose weight & gain muscle. U r my guru. LOL.…"
9 minutes ago
Rick Shelton replied to Will's discussion What's going on in those heads in the group The Great Debate
"It may currently be 'hard' but when welfare was enacted all the way up to Clinton it wasn't required as much.  And even now it's not all that hard.  Plan 1:  Stay on welfare for 3 years, enroll in a school, get…"
13 minutes ago
Jack Bauer replied to Will's discussion What's going on in those heads in the group The Great Debate
"Why is welfare a "benefit" and not a handout? JB"
18 minutes ago
Jack Bauer replied to Will's discussion What's going on in those heads in the group The Great Debate
"Even with all of that -- 26-weeks, lower maximum, better enforcement, etc. -- it's still a handout.  It's just a better controlled handout. Its a tax and a government check with the candy-coated term "insurance" to make…"
19 minutes ago
Rick Shelton replied to John Muir's discussion The End of Quantitative Easing As We Know It in the group The Great Debate
"True, so it is possible that Keynes did not even consider 'drains' to the money supply in such a manner."
19 minutes ago
John Muir replied to Will's discussion What's going on in those heads in the group The Great Debate
"Yep"
21 minutes ago
Rick Shelton replied to Will's discussion What's going on in those heads in the group The Great Debate
"Some of what you propose has been used in the past to no effect.  For example a television show in the 60s about a ghetto black family (Dynomite!!!) included a father.  Purportedly the show was intended to provide positive characters.…"
25 minutes ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service