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GEM Push Button

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Your new razor seems to be a cousin of my new razor. You got a great deal!


Patti
 
Someone else can chime in as to exactly when the Contour appears. What's clear is that there was a Christmas 61 ad blitz for the Push Button, but by 1963 ASR national razor advertising was focused on its PAL and Personna injector products. .
Thank you. Any idea how long of a run this model had?
 
The Gem Contour Push Button was made from 1958 to circa 1970.

I like it very much, but it's way too mild for me. It's even milder than a Gillette Tech. At least with a Tech one can add a shim or two to pump up the aggression. I don't know how to increase the aggression of the SE Gem Contour Push Button, except maybe to do a very leisurely and thorough prep, and then do a 4 or 5 pass shave.
 
The Gem Contour Push Button was made from 1958 to circa 1970.

I like it very much, but it's way too mild for me. It's even milder than a Gillette Tech. At least with a Tech one can add a shim or two to pump up the aggression. I don't know how to increase the aggression of the SE Gem Contour Push Button, except maybe to do a very leisurely and thorough prep, and then do a 4 or 5 pass shave.
I guess that’s a good long run in razor production for a GEM. I’ll report how it goes tomorrow morning.

Would you say the black and gold shown in the Christmas ad was the first generation?
 
There were three different models, Push-Button (above) , Contour, and Contour II. Contour II is a flipper.
The Gem Contour Push Button was made from 1958 to circa 1970.

I like it very much, but it's way too mild for me. It's even milder than a Gillette Tech. At least with a Tech one can add a shim or two to pump up the aggression. I don't know how to increase the aggression of the SE Gem Contour Push Button, except maybe to do a very leisurely and thorough prep, and then do a 4 or 5 pass shave.

 
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It’s still surprising to find these as unused. I have the 1912, gold Micromatic, the HFB, and now the early push button. None of them appear to have been used.
 
I find the first generation PBs to be very smooth and efficient; the Contours not so much. The handle ergonomics are different with the Contours.
 
Anyone had the push button feature wear out?
I have several, and so far the buttons still work on all of them. One thing I have noticed, and it may just be a problem with the one example that I own, but the gold ones seem to be more efficient than my nickel-plated PB.
 
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