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    I love those Valet Autostrops. I guess I just like them because of all the moving parts. Never did shave with one though. And I know nothing of how many different models there were.

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    That's an easy question. I agree with my friend Obie:
    The Gillette Aristocrat.

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    I love the merkur heavy duty stub handle. perfect for when I can't concentrate to shave with a straight.

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    For SE, it's my 1912 GEM and Ever Ready with my 1914 "Little Lather Catcher" running a close second. I still take an occasional day off from straight shaving to use 'em just for the fun of it. The 1912's are my go-to travel razors. Easy to deal with on the road and a nice close three pass.

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    Agree with the Aristocrat: While the late '40's style super speed is a great razor, the little added heft/distribution/balance of the Aristocrat makes it a fabulous shaver. IMHO, my '46-47 Aristocrat is my favorite and my 1912 Gem Jr. with the strange handle (c.'40's?) is a close second

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    The best shave I've gotten from a safety razor has been with a Gem Featherweight. Comfortable, and smooth as a baby's behind.

    Straight razor shaver and loving it!
    40-year survivor of electric and multiblade razors

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    That is a tough question. It is a toss up between my Gillette Big Fellow and my Gillette New open Comb. I really like the Open Comb design, and can get a close shave from either razor.

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    The best shaves I ever had were from a Schick injector e type. Those things shave amazingly well, better than any Gillette I've used.
    second best safety razor is my gem micromatic clog proof with Ted pella blades.

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    It's a toss-up between my '49-50 Aristocrat or '64 Super Speed. They shave about the same but I like that gold Aristocrat to hold and look at. But 90% of the time I shave with my EJ 89 Lined.

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    My L3 1966 Gillette Slim was my first DE razor and still my favorite. It hangs on the shelf on my shelf of shaving gear with a blade always ready for touchups or if I need a quick shave. Although it doesn't get the love it used to due to my love of straights, it's still the "one" for me.

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