SOTD 01/01/2014

Happy New Year!

If only I had a GEM 1914, I would have shaved with it. Still, if I do pick one up soon I can shave with it for the razor's anniversary on 24th March. Here's hoping ...

I finally plucked up the courage to shave with my GEM Micromatic Open Comb and was truly rewarded ...


Hot Towel
Olive Oil Blend PSO
Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shaving Cream
Pure Badger 23mm
GEM Micromatic Open Comb
GEM Stainless PTFE [3]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse, Alum Wash & Witch Hazel
Boots Bay Rum


Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG & Polishing


With a gentle touch on two day's worth of growth, the open comb scythed through my whiskers in the first pass leaving me with little more to do than gently polish up, behaviour reminiscent of the Muhle R41. What a waste of a the lovely lather from the Taylor's cream.

The Bay Rum is lovely - very short lived and just a brief scent of the West Indies, but so soothing. I know it's for hair, but it also makes a lovely aftershave.

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