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I just purchased my first Gem razors at what I thought was a great price. I’m still away and haven’t had time to clean them but did some initial research. I purchased a Micromatic Gen 1 clogproof which appears to be in excellent condition and a MMOC in what I thought was in excellent condition. After researching subsequent to the $10 purchase in the wild I found a stock picture with a center nub. Mine is flat. Can this razor be used?
 
I just purchased my first Gem razors at what I thought was a great price. I’m still away and haven’t had time to clean them but did some initial research. I purchased a Micromatic Gen 1 clogproof which appears to be in excellent condition and a MMOC in what I thought was in excellent condition. After researching subsequent to the $10 purchase in the wild I found a stock picture with a center nub. Mine is flat. Can this razor be used?
A picture would of been nice to understand your concern better.
I believe you have a Micromatic open comb razor is what is we called a button less model. They are usually all brass construction and where built from 1930-32 before they introduced the Gem double edge blades. Because the new double edge blades had no spline when they where introduced so all new Gem razor models have added buttons or shims to raise the blade off the base plate at a slight angle like a spline blade would. The center nub is to help locate the blade in the center of the base plate quickly mostly. If some one ground the center blade locating nub off for what ever reason I think the razor it is still functional but the blade might have to be moved manually up against the blade stops or tweaked a little so you can tighten the blade properly. The way a Micromatic tightens the blade is by rack and pinion and the tip cap when it tightens it pushes the blade forward into the blade stops. Check to make sure your blade stops are good also before using.
(L to R) Regular Micromatic OC with button shims 1933-41...........................Button less Micromatic OC 1930-32
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Gem Micromatic double edge blades!
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Have some great shaves!
 
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A picture would of been nice to understand your concern better.
I believe you have a Micromatic open comb razor is what is we called a button less model. They are usually all brass construction and where built from 1930-32 before they introduced the Gem double edge blades. Because the new double edge blades had no spline when they where introduced so all new Gem razor models have added buttons or shims to raise the blade off the base plate at a slight angle like a spline blade would. The center nub is to help locate the blade in the center of the base plate quickly mostly. If some one ground the center blade locating nub off for what ever reason I think the razor it is still functional but the blade might have to be moved manually up against the blade stops or tweaked a little so you can tighten the blade properly. The way a Micromatic tightens the blade is by rack and pinion and the tip cap when it tightens it pushes the blade forward into the blade stops. Check to make sure your blade stops are good also before using.
(L to R) Regular Micromatic OC with button shims 1933-41...........................Button less Micromatic OC 1930-32
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Gem Micromatic double edge blades!
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Have some great shaves!
Pictures from the hotel room, pre-cleaning.
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Pictures from the hotel room, pre-cleaning.
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For what ever reason the previous owner ground the blade centering nub off, if you have a blade and place it in the chamber & snug it down lightly then turn the razor side ways and tighten it the rest of the way you will see the top cap advance blade to the blade stops. It is a unique system that Gem designed and that blade is held in tightly under some pressure. Sort of reminds me of the Gillette slim & Fatboy snug the blade and turn about a quarter turn to lock the blade in.
By the way Gem was the first mass produced TTO razor in the world and about 4 years ahead of Gillette's first TTO razor to market. Gillette tried to slow Gem's advanced TTO razor in court from my limited research with no luck (Two totally different razor platforms).
 
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Maybe he modified it to use DE blades. I wonder if that worked?
I'm not sure if I have ever heard of a DE blade working in a Micromatic, but as you already might know I have been successful using a injector blade in a Micromatic.
I have a modified Kai Protouch blade in my Micromatic and it captures and holds the blade secure and gave some great shaves as I experiment with different razor concepts sometimes. The Kai Protouch is one of the best blades ever made and also works well in my Shavette clone I mainly bought them for. Some fellows who have sensitive skin can modify a Kai protouch or Feather pro guard to work also in some Schick injectors also.
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Schick adjustable with a Protouch blade installed, not a big problem modifying a blade and installing it. Also this blade is best blade for folks who can not afford a nick or serious weepers because of medications they are taking.
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Have some great shaves!
 
Bumpless MMOCs are first generation MMs. The bumps were added to the MMs when GEM came out with the reversible blades - the bumps preserved the angle that would otherwise have been lost due the lack of a spine on the reversibles. The bumpless MMOC will work fine with any modern Gem blade because those are true SE blades with a spine.

Bear in mind that the spines were thicker back in the '30s, so the angle will be juuuuuust a tad bit more shallow - that may explain the reputation the MMOC has for being uber-agressive.
 
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