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Old 04-28-2011, 06:05 AM   #121
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i thought SE meant straight edge as in cut throat, seems i was wrong,heres the one i use anyway(not the actual but virtually identical-)

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Old 04-28-2011, 01:30 PM   #122
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i thought SE meant straight edge as in cut throat,
As did I, but we are not entirely wrong. Just about every site that pimps blade gear lists "Single Edge" and you end up with a bunch of Straights. Mostly the ones with replaceable blades.

So, the GEM Micromatics are, essentially, antiques and use a basic box knife blade?

How are these any different than using one side of a DE?
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:53 PM   #123
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From what I can tell, the SE "single edge" safety razors used the box cutter/scraper blades long before they were ever adapted to box cutting or window scraping. Probably only 1% of those blades are used for shaving anymore and I wonder if the quality is even appropriate for that task anymore.

The DE blades continue to ONLY be purposed for shaving so I'd stick with those. Added bonus is you get twice the life out of a single blade. It took me a while to figure out how to wear the blades evenly. Make a couple passes on one side, then when you would normally rinse it off in the sink, flip it instead and use the other side. Then clean the whole thing before repeating. I know, it's so obvious.

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Old 04-28-2011, 04:11 PM   #124
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It did take a while to get used to having to make a conscious effort to turn it and use the other blade every couple of strokes.

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Old 04-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #125
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From what I can tell, the SE "single edge" safety razors used the box cutter/scraper blades long before they were ever adapted to box cutting or window scraping. Probably only 1% of those blades are used for shaving anymore and I wonder if the quality is even appropriate for that task anymore.
Yup. I was leading into that.

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The DE blades continue to ONLY be purposed for shaving so I'd stick with those. Added bonus is you get twice the life out of a single blade. It took me a while to figure out how to wear the blades evenly. Make a couple passes on one side, then when you would normally rinse it off in the sink, flip it instead and use the other side. Then clean the whole thing before repeating. I know, it's so obvious.
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It did take a while to get used to having to make a conscious effort to turn it and use the other blade every couple of strokes.
Maybe a throwback from long ago using a DE, I dunno. I just use the one side for the with the grain down stroke (example) and then the other side for the against the grain up stroke.

Like a paint brush.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:13 PM   #126
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I make a pass, rotate the razor and make another pass, rinse and repeat.

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Old 04-28-2011, 05:35 PM   #127
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From what I can tell, the SE "single edge" safety razors used the box cutter/scraper blades long before they were ever adapted to box cutting or window scraping. Probably only 1% of those blades are used for shaving anymore and I wonder if the quality is even appropriate for that task anymore.

The DE blades continue to ONLY be purposed for shaving so I'd stick with those. Added bonus is you get twice the life out of a single blade.
gem and other manufacturers still make blades specifically for the SE razors. you can get them at walgreens, cvs, grocery stores, etc. i'm not sure about the 'double life' that you can get out of DE blades, they are so thin and weak that they (even though they have two sides), only hold up for one shave (depending on what blade maker you use of course) for me. the SE blades make it two, if not three shaves. i'm not trying to say don't use the DE shavers, if those work, great. but if you are interested in trying another slant on the wet shaving, the SE razors are fun to play around with, and, IMHO, give a superior shave with less effort.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #128
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I shave daily and my head weekly. I use my Derby Extra DE blade for a full week, sometimes more. I have an average, not light beard.

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I shave daily and my head weekly. I use my Derby Extra DE blade for a full week, sometimes more. I have an average, not light beard.
I am hoping that by time I have dulled through the rest of ME re-fills on my head I will have a comfort level high enough to use my DE. It's the foldy bits on the back of the neck that worry me.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:04 PM   #130
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Put your chin on your chest. If the foldy bits are still there... hmmm.

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