After a few weeks of exclusive straight razor shaving, I decided to take a stropping break and use one of my GEM single-edge razors this morning. I chose a GEM Damaskeene since I hadn't used one before. I loaded up a Walgeens GEM blade into the Damaskeene, wet my face, made some lather in my shaving mug, applied it to my face, and then started shaving.
Wow! I've never experienced such a smooth, easy shave with such little effort. I enjoy my GEM Micromatics, but the Damaskeene easily outpaces them for smoothness and simplicity. I cannot believe how smooth this shave was, with no nicks or weepers, and a complete BBS.
The Damaskeene will definitely remain at the top of my razor list.
Does anyone else agree with me about how wonderful this old safety razor is?