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#21
I use my GEM MMOC when i have a few days of hair growth, because for me its too agressive. For everyday shave or every-other day i prefer the GEM 1912 .
When i use the GEM MMOC i try to not apply pressure and keep an eye to the angle of the razor. Lots of try before irritation free shave .
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#22
(This post was last modified: 06-20-2018, 05:42 AM by jmudrick.)
Day nine with the MMOC as my daily. What's not to like. I was reading the two patents taken out in 1929-30 and have further appreciation for the serious engineering that went into this tool. [Image: 2898705de778485f3df7a65735fe828b.jpg][Image: 66806d39c624b79b520668396352e04c.jpg][Image: c5c5e2814ab0d5b7ea9e4b78e2fed139.jpg]
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#23
Macca root is awesome. I know I have posted this before but if you can shave with the MMOC like this my hat is off to you. If you don't want to see the whole thing FF to the 9:30 mark where he buffs his upper lip.

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#24
(This post was last modified: 06-21-2018, 10:43 AM by jmudrick.)
I remember that video. Yeah unlike some even from the beginning I've never had issues with the MMOC, ATG + whatever, so I can't relate much to folks who view it with such trepidation. I don't think I've ever cut myself with it..

The way I view it the thing was in production for at least a decade and people shaved with it just fine, making it second only to the 1912 in its success among ASR products., If it hurts you you're probably doing something wrong. You want to shave without skin stretching at a 30° angle, well cowboy you deserve what you get. Follow the directions on the box, well sure does work for me.

(06-21-2018, 05:36 AM)EFDan Wrote: Macca root is awesome. I know I have posted this before but if you can shave with the MMOC like this my hat is off to you. If you don't want to see the whole thing FF to the 9:30 mark where he buffs his upper lip.

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#25
(This post was last modified: 06-22-2018, 03:24 AM by Mickey ObermanSfZ2h8UM.)
My GEM collection. They are used in rotation along with some other razors.
Most were in the $10 to $20 range. None over $30.
They were all in good mechanical condition. I sterilized and cleaned them and put them to work. None of them has ever presented me with any problems.
Blades are readily available and inexpensive.
Needless to say I am very fond of these GEM gems.

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Mickey
EFDan and jmudrick,
Thank you for your letters.
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#26

Vintage Razor Fan
Southwestern NY
I agree with your comments regarding the engineering that went into the MMOC, jmudrick. They really are extremely efficient and one of the, if not the most solidly built TTO razors ever built. Does anyone know when the last ones were produced? Those are the razors we are cleaning up and still using today. That's very impressive!

While I've never had one of the "bloody massacre" shaves that some people talk about from the MMOC, I am keenly aware of how efficient these razors are every time I use one of mine. I can see how this razor can do some damage if one doesn't keep the top angle of the razor close to the skin or if pressure is applied. It isn't for everyone, but that's where YMMV comes into play once again, I suppose.
-Rob
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#27
The standard story is that they were in production until 1941. I have seen them appear in catalogs even after WW2 but likely prewar overstock.
(06-22-2018, 04:35 AM)Blade4vor Wrote: I agree with your comments regarding the engineering that went into the MMOC, jmudrick. They really are extremely efficient and one of the, if not the most solidly built TTO razors ever built. Does anyone know when the last ones were produced? Those are the razors we are cleaning up and still using today. That's very impressive!

While I've never had one of the "bloody massacre" shaves that some people talk about from the MMOC, I am keenly aware of how efficient these razors are every time I use one of mine. I can see how this razor can do some damage if one doesn't keep the top angle of the razor close to the skin or if pressure is applied. It isn't for everyone, but that's where YMMV comes into play once again, I suppose.
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#28
(This post was last modified: 06-22-2018, 06:44 AM by Mickey ObermanSfZ2h8UM.)
I wonder if the simplicity of the GEM's is what keeps them alive and kicking.
There is little that can go awry and force their abandonment.
The Pushbutton model appears to be the most complex of them.
The most difficult operation in their use is care in loading a blade in some of them and one soon grows accustomed to that maneuver .
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#29

Vintage Razor Fan
Southwestern NY
(06-22-2018, 04:52 AM)jmudrick Wrote: The standard story is that they were in production until 1941. I have seen them appear in catalogs even after WW2 but likely prewar overstock.
(06-22-2018, 04:35 AM)Blade4vor Wrote: I agree with your comments regarding the engineering that went into the MMOC, jmudrick.  They really are extremely efficient and one of the, if not the most solidly built TTO razors ever built.  Does anyone know when the last ones were produced?  Those are the razors we are cleaning up and still using today.  That's very impressive!

While I've never had one of the "bloody massacre" shaves that some people talk about from the MMOC, I am keenly aware of how efficient these razors are every time I use one of mine.  I can see how this razor can do some damage if one doesn't keep the top angle of the razor close to the skin or if pressure is applied.  It isn't for everyone, but that's where YMMV comes into play once again, I suppose.

Thanks you for the date. I appreciate the history that you've been able to share. And, I love the old ads!
-Rob
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(06-07-2018, 06:28 AM)olschoolsteel Wrote: I think my skin is still healing from the one time I used a MMOC...back in 2011.
I call the MMOC a straight razor on a stick. Shave with a light touch and don't chase the baby, let it come to you.

Clayton

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