Gem Razor Models

Discussion in 'Single Edged Razors' started by Ron R, Nov 7, 2018.

Pic the Gem you like shaving with. Multiple choices allowed!

  1. Gem lather catcher

    26 vote(s)
  2. Gem Junior

    28 vote(s)
  3. Gem 1912 Damaskeene

    51 vote(s)
  4. Gem Mico Matic Clog proof

    42 vote(s)
  5. Gem Micro Matic Bullet handle(Flying wing)

    30 vote(s)
  6. Gem Micro Matic Open Comb

    56 vote(s)
  7. Gem Push button

    19 vote(s)
  8. Gem G-Bar

    33 vote(s)
  9. Gem Feather Weight

    18 vote(s)
  10. Gem Contour

    6 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Every once in a while I bring a sort of index forward for folks looking for a certain razor & there is a lot of other great information on other pages for the curious.
    If you are looking for a Specific GEM model we have covered you will find it on these Post #'s.

    GEM G Bar MFG 1955-58 -post #109
    Up grade pic 1 (2).jpg
    Gem 1912 MFG 1921-30 -post #124

    GEM Push button Mfg 1958-65- post # 165
    Up grade pic 2 (2).jpg Gem MMOC Mfg 1930-41 -post #147

    GEM MMBT Flying wing Mfg 1947-50- post #183
    Upgrade pic 3 (2).jpg GEM MMCP Clog Pruf Mfg 1940-46- post #217

    GEM Feather weight Mfg 1950-55 - post #250
    Upgrade pic 4 (2).jpg GEM Streamline Jewel 2nd Gen Mfg 1949-53- post #390

    GEM Junior Bar MFG 1906-11- post #433
    Uprade  pic 5 (2).jpg GEM Damaskeene OC Mfg 1912-15 - post #454

    Gem Time line - post #526,#543 + Many thanks to @mata_66 for his research on timelines.

    GEM Razor Cluster review 2019 (2).jpg
    For folks who bought used Gems with out manuals and other interesting information.
    Gem instruction manual (2).jpg Gem procedure (2).jpg Blade review Revision #5 Dec14-2018.jpg blade_angle-se-de.gif
    Have some great shaves!
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2019
  2. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Here it is folks, the final version of the ASR dating chart. It has been big fun to dig into dusty and forgotten libraries in search for clues and info on our beloved razors. But I run out of reliable sources and there's little I can add.
    I hope you can find it useful when you encounter your next Gem, Ever-Ready or Star razor.
    Cheers! [​IMG]
    Have some great shaves!
  3. Sir, your organization and presentation skills just blow me away -- thank you, this thread is extremely helpful!!!
  4. Wow!:a14:
  5. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Well fellows I'm glad you like it, I wanted to show the individual razors with a Thumbnail but B&B had restrictions on the amount of photo's prior to attempt a few months back so I had to improvise a little and take a picture of two in a Thumbnail. Another site I posted on allows a few more Thumbnails and I like that a little better individual photos. I bought a another Gem to add to the GEM Razor Models list and I only buy if there a good deal because I just need user grade because I'm not a real good collector because were I live up north away from the bigger centers were there are more quality razors to chose from with cases and priced good.
    Have some great shaves!

  6. Great source, thanks for all the work :thumbup:. The poll results remind me that I have, maybe foolishly, committed to using a Contour for the week's Micromatic Monday. Didn't realize there were three flavours of Contours, I found just two in my dark corner of GEM's I didn't like ..
  7. Thanks, Ron! With a Star on the way, I'm gonna need this list!

  8. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Well just added one GEM to my collection of excellent razors, this model is called GEM Junior Parade with the short taper plastic handle.
    The nice part of this razor it has the 1912 base plate with a slight change to the top cap(Why change 1912 base plate that is as close to perfect as possible must of been GEM mfg thinking at the time.:drool:)
    My shave today went flawless with no nicks or weepers and knocked off a CCS,DFS,BBs and the Alum block indicated very reasonable shave with almost no irritation=:001_rolle
    I will shave daily for the next 7-10 days until I want to change things up again and give a detailed report of the razor.
    Gem Junior Parade  (2).jpg

    Have some great shaves!
  9. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Found this advertisement on a razor box, we have to remember that in 1938 the Great Depression is still on with a deflation rate of -2.08% so prices are still dropping and company's are not making much money and are just in survivor mode and Gem mfg is no different than the thousands of company's world wide. This price for $.39 with 3 blades just blows me away but it was a lot of money to the average American in the Dirty thirties and today 81 yrs later with compound inflation is the equivalent of $7.10.
    But at the time it was a lot of money for someone needing a shave for his work place.
    This razor is made of solid brass head with a plastic or Bakelite handle. a excellent razor and will gives a great shave. I'm glade I purchased it and the handle is great in my hand.
    Gem Parade razor 2 (2).jpg
    Have some great shaves
  10. I enjoy the Fat Handled ones .. the blue handled Treet has a different comb than the GEM Junior "Parade" on the left .. IMG_9376.JPG
  11. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    The Treet reminds me of the Gem Clog pruf head because of the hybrid safety bar, I hope it shaves as well as the GEM Junior because I very happy with results so far with my new addition. The Chrome or Nickel finish seems a little more rare than the all brass head, Very nice to show them and I believe the Treet had different colored handles for the Treet razor.
    Have some great shaves!
  12. Seems to shave similarly, my GEM is virtually mint while the Treet is showing some age. I've seem the blue handled ones several times, and think once I spotted a red one as well.
  13. Glad you are enjoying the new addition, I really like the shave from mine. I also have a Star with the same design. The end caps of the handles are different though. And the Stars is slightly longer.
    Here are a few pictures.

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    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  14. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    Yes they sure look similar, sometimes if you lay just the heads on their side you can see little changes to the head or on their backs the angle might change when you have a bird eye view. The Star Bar and the Gem Junior bar Lather catchers might look similar but on their backs & sides there are little differences. Star bar is on the left.
    Star bar LC VS GEM Junior bar (2).jpg LC Compare 2 (2).jpg
    Have some great shaves!
  15. I can definitely see the differences now.
  16. I took inspiration from your recent acquisition and took my Gem Jr. Parade out for a spin today.

  17. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    I'm really enjoying my Gem Junior Parade (mfg 1938) and I have a Gem 1912 (mfg 1928) and l like to compare the two razors just visually, They both are stamped at the base 1912 were the handle screws in. Both heads look similar but there are slight improvements maybe to the Gem junior because it shaves smoother to me and handles a bit easier & nimbler because of its lighter handle & handle is easy to hold because of width and taper.
    Comparing Gem Junior Parade (mfg 1938) To Gem 1912 (mfg 1928) (2).jpg Comparing Gem Junior Parade (mfg 1938) To Gem 1912 (mfg 1928) (3).jpg As you can see the caps are very similar but the base plate is a little different, the safety bar on the Gem Junior is smaller and has less overhang and the base plate is not as deep as my Gem 1912, also the centre of handle is less forward on the Gem junior.
    Comparing the Gem Junior Parade (mfg 1938) VS Gem 1912 (mfg 1928) (2).jpg Comparing the Gem Junior Parade (mfg 1938) VS Gem 1912 (mfg 1928) (3).jpg The safety bar on the Gem junior looks a little more rounded on the safety bar edges and more material around the blade stops with bigger drain ports. They are punched from different dies when Mfg and the base plates are slightly different and the GEM junior parade winning my fancy by a notch for smoothness but end results are very similar shaves CCS,DFS,BBS range.
    Have some great shaves!
  18. Can I say this? That handle is FAT!
  19. Ron R

    Ron R Contributor

    :lol1: yes it is fatter than some handles, Gem Junior also has another model with a thinner bakelite handle if that is what you like.
    Gen junior with a bakelite handle.jpg
    Have some great shaves!

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