Razor: Ever-Ready (1912?)
Blade: GEM Stainless
Brush: Opal B194 with TGN Finest
Scuttle: Panogana Brush Scuttle
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
There was one GEM Stainless blade among the many blades in the box and I just had to try it. I have an Ever-Ready SE razor that was part of an eBay purchase a year ago. I'm sure you've seen similar auctions, where the main item is an Old Spice mug and thrown in with it is an old razor, an old shaving brush and a puck of modern Williams.
I have never used a SE razor before and wanted to give it a go. I didn't find it that much different from DE shaving. I like DE shaving better due to the selection of blades that are available and will not be switching to SE shaving anytime soon. You're really kind of limited when it comes to purchasing SE blades. There is a huge difference between the GEM Stainless blade and their window scraper blade. I strongly suggest that you do not attempt to use window scraper blades for shaving. They're great for removing rego stickers from car windshields but not whiskers.
The GEM Stainless was both smooth and sharp. It gave me an irritation free BBS shave that lasted for eight hours. After using it I removed it from the razor, patted it dry on a towel and put it away for future use. I am going to do the same with all of the blades that I try so that I can see how many shaves I can get from each blade.
The Men-U shave cream says right on the tube, "Concentrated, Enough for 20 Shaves", so I used a pea sized amount on my brush and began face lathering. I found the lather to be quite thin so I had to use more product. Even with additional product the lather still seemed thin compared to what I am use to but it did provide excellent glide. It contains Tea Tree Oil and lots of it! The scent was overpowering. SWMBO thought I was shaving with peppermint candy. This is probably a good contender for those who like a menthol cream during the summer months. I will not be purchasing this for my rotation.
Lastly, the Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve. I love it! Its got that floral (violets) smell that I like in an aftershave. It goes on strong, burns like heck and then mellows out. Four hours later I can rub my face and still get a whiff of it on my hands. I will be purchasing this when my original Clubman supply runs out.