A while ago I started reading D.Irving79's posts about how awesome Gem razors were, I was intrigued so I tracked one down on ebay but only then figured out you can't buy single edge shaving blades in Australia and promptly forgot about the whole thing. Then just recently AsylumGuido sent me a nice selection of single edge blades as part of a trade so that I could finally try out a gem.
After delaying the shave for another week (I was busy and wanted to wait for a slow day to truly enjoy it) I had a shower and worked a generous helping of proraso pre shave into my beard letting the cream and the steam work their magic at softening my hair then broke out my trusty Simpson Chubby 1, whipped up some lather off my puck of Tabac and got to it. What resulted was my best shave so far, I'm still chasing truly BBS but this is the closest I've ever come to achieving it. I had a 2 pass shave with touch ups finished off with Proraso balm and I have a smooth, irritation free face that looks even better than when I use a DE.
Since this is after just one shave I'm not a total convert but it was an utterly fantastic shave so I just thought I'd thank those that made it possible, Gem for making my razor, D.Irving79 for getting me on the Gem bandwagon and AsylumGuido for helping me overcome my geographic handicap.