SEs only for me. Started off working through all of the vintage ones because there weren't any modern ones except for the Cobra Classic. Now I stick with the OneBlade & await new razors to be made featuring the GEM SS PTFE blade. Short & thin handles on the vintage razors is what keeps me preferring the current modern offerings. I will say that the MicroMatic line from GEM is still the most impressive razors ever made. That TTO mechanism is pure genius.
• 1912s - were ok but not great for me. Never was curious enough to try a Damaskeene.
• 1914 - one of my 2 favorite vintage SEs. Even shaved with it exclusively for close to a year leading up to its centennial.
• 1924 - never had a great shave from one and I've tried a few.
• Valet - neat razor to look at but never shaved great for me.
• Heavy Flat Top - very cool looking razor but I could never get a close shave with it. Too mild.
• Feather Weight - more plain looking compared to the Heavy Flat Top & although they supposedly share the same head I can get a much better shave from the Feather Weight. This is my wife's razor of choice.
• Schick E2 - my favorite injector as it is efficient & the head opens for cleaning.
• Schick I1 - was my grandfathers razor. Smooth and mild.
• Streamline - a more aggressive 1912 basically due to the weight. No other vintage SE is made as well. The thick guard bar seemed to minimize the range of effective angles making the razor seem finicky. A good shave one day but not the next. Lovely but neglected to I moved it on to a more loving home.
• Some old lather catchers - ask BrianK more about them as he has them now. The razor head flexed too much and caused my skin problems.
• Clog Pruf MicroMatic - right there with the 1914 as my favorite vintage SE. As efficient as the OCMM without the risk. Plus, this was the first vintage SE that I found and tried when DE razors and blades weren't working for me. It truly saved my traditional shaving journey.
• OCMM - amazingly aggressive and efficient. I can wield it for some amazing results. However, one lapse in concentration and the results can be traumatic.
• Cobra Classic - my first modern SE and while I really did love it I just couldn't get away from the weepers and irritation. The moveable blade bed is what I blamed it on.
• King Cobra - better handle but same moveable blade bed. Thankful I got to try it on a pass around as I wouldn't have been happy spending any money on it.
• Mongoose - fortunate enough to have a full B1 set and this was my only razor used for about 15 months before the OneBlade ousted it. My titanium Triad handle on the Mongoose head gives me the best shaves from it, but the AC blades are still likely to give me weepers.
• AlumiGoose v1 - surprisingly I find this razor much more aggressive than my B1 stainless steel 'Goose. I do like the weight of it but the blade feel is a bit too much for me. I hear the v2 is less aggressive but I haven't felt like trying it.
• OneBlade - finally a razor that I can use the GEM SS PTFE blades in. Even though they are designed for the Feather spineless blade I find the GEM better. A simple spine-ectomy and they are good to go.
• Colonial Razor's The General - another AC blade razor that is extremely mild. It was designed this way to be easier for the every day shaver. A Feather Pro blade in this razor didn't cut well for me, but the Feather Super Pro gave me some of the best shaves out of this style of razors.
• RazoRock Hawk - on email list cause I mean come on; it's only $20!!!
>>> Brian <<< FireFan
GEM > Feather
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