I picked up a GEM 1912 and some TREET blades and this is hands down the best shaves I have ever had. My straights will get as smooth,but I cant get next to my adams apple as well. Every soap and cream I have tried,the GEM works just great. Its got a rather short handle with straight lengthwise grooves,but I havent had an issue with the length. I have a gold plated 1912 GEM Junior thats next in the roattion.Single edge razors are awesome!