After three years of shaving with DE blades, I found a decent Gem Micromatic yesterday at an antique store in the box for $5 and took the plunge! Tried it today with CVS brand single edge blades, and no cuts or weepers, just a really close, comfortable shave. The only thing I missed was the weight of my Merkur 38C loaded with a Feather blade.
A big thanks to Mr. Guy for the great instructional videos and posts on the Micromatic. Given its fearsome reputation, I was expecting the worst, but really had no problem with it so far.
Can those of you in the forum who have more experience with the SE blades give me your opinion of the best blades for the Gem, and where you purchase them? I'm a bit skeptical that the CVS brand blades are the best out there.
Looks like I'll be using DE and SE from now on.