Thursday, 9 January 2014

Revisit of the Ever-Ready 1914

Made by the same company - American Safety Razor Company - as the GEMs, the Ever-Ready 1914 was called the 1914 due to the patent date. It is also sometimes referred to as the "little lather catcher".The razor hinges at the rear of the head and closes with a metal leaf spring to hold the blade down. It has "lift here" imprinted on each side of the cap.

The 1914 uses standard GEM single-edge blades, but due to the fact that it was originally designed for blades without the cut-outs on the sides they don't sit very secure until the lid is snapped shut.

The first time I tried my 1914, she bit me pretty badly, but the next time she behaved. I'm not sure if itwas a dud blade, or my improved technique, but for those who - like me - are more used to DE-razors extra care has to be taken with the angle of the razor. This time I got the best results when the top of the head was flat or almost flat against my skin.
Construction is plated brass, and since mine is in close to mint condition it slides smoothly over my skin. The sheer amount of exposed blade means a little care has to be taken in selecting the lather though; I've yet to make this beauty work with anything but tallow.

Can I recommend the Ever-Ready 1914? Well... maybe. She did bite, and bite hard the first times I tried her, but now she gives a good shave... so not as your first SE.

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