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    So I just picked up a lot of razors on Fleabay for a pretty cheap price, got 2 rolls razors (one is missing a piece but the other is intact) a Schick Injector (Plastic handle, I'm guessing circa 1970's) a unknown 3 piece DE (Kinda small, I think it's a Gillette but I need to get pics so somoene can tell me what it is ) a pretty beat up straight razor, and a Gem Micromatic twist to open SE razor.

    The safety razors are all in pretty good shape and just need some cleaning and disinfecting to be usable, I am particularly interested in trying the Gem, but my question is where can I get blades for it? I find tons of single edge razor blades that would fit, but they are all for box cutters etc and I really wouldn't want to shave with them.....So can you still get blades for this?

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    Gem's are awsome shavers. They still sell blades for them at Walgreens and a few other places.

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    mcgyver74,

    The single edge blades seem to be available in some retail shops (e.g. Walgreens) in the USA under a variety of names (GEM, PAL, Treet)

    I use GEM PTFE Coated Stainless blades in all my Star/GEM/Ever-Ready razors and they give superb shaves

    These can be obtained from :

    Ted Pella (code 121-3) in the USA :Dissection Tools, Scissors, Blades, Forceps, Scalpels, Spatulas

    and ConnaughtShaving here in the UK :GEM Stainless Coated Single Edge Razor Blades

    Good shaving !

    Have fun !

    Best regards

    Russ

    PS Blades for your Schick can also be obtained from Ted Pella (code 121-4) and Connaught Shaving (Injector Razor Blades)
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    Walgreens usually has GEM blades and they're fine.

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    any pics??

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    The injector is an 'L' Type Schick, I think (I could be wrong) - it should be pretty mild, but it is a good shaver. You can still get blades for it at CVS and the like.

    The Micromatic is the 'Clog-Pruf' model. Medium aggressive, and an excellent shaver. The blades you can get at drugstores are pretty good. Make sure you pick the blades from the shaving section of the store. Utility blades look the same, but are not meant for shaving.

    Finally, the DE is a fat-handles Tech. Pretty mild shaver, but it works really well with a Feather blade.
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    Thanks, I think you are right about the Schick, from what I have been able to determine it is an L7 championship, but I don't know what year it was from (late 70's or early 80's is all I can think of)

    As for the rest, what approx age do you think they are? I am going to clean them up and give them a shot, I just ordered some blades for the Gem and the Schick off Amazon so once I clean them up and give them a good dunking in barbecide I will give each a test run

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    The Schick is approximately 1976, notice the red, white blue theme for the Bi centennial.
    It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgyver74 View Post
    Thanks, I think you are right about the Schick, from what I have been able to determine it is an L7 championship, but I don't know what year it was from (late 70's or early 80's is all I can think of)

    As for the rest, what approx age do you think they are? I am going to clean them up and give them a shot, I just ordered some blades for the Gem and the Schick off Amazon so once I clean them up and give them a good dunking in barbecide I will give each a test run
    It's hard to tell with those GEM's - they were produced over a long period. The Clog-Pruf turned up towards the end of the SE era, though.

    The Tech should be easy. On the underside of the head, there should be a date code (a letter and a number) or a serial #. If you can post that, it's pretty easy to look up the year of manufacture.

    If you find the Schick to be too mild, try one of the E or G Type injectors. They're the most aggressive. They're also generally pretty cheap.

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