There is a whole family of Patent 1912 razors that were made in the first half the the 20th century, and they make a great introduction to the world of Gem-style single edge razors: plenty efficient but not too harsh. That American Safety Razor continued cranking these out under various brand and model names for several decades is a testament to the enduring usability of the design
While Double Edge razors are much more popular, Gem-style Single Edge razors are fantastic shaving tools. Many SE enthusiasts prefer the rock-hard stability of a thick SE blade as compared with thinner DE blades. Blade chatter and flex are basically impossible with SE blades. And the angle is very easy to find: put the top of the razor flat against your face, rotate out just a couple degrees, and go.
We have quite a few of these in user grade condition. By "user grade" we mean that these razors will be totally functional, not broken in any way, but have cosmetic issues, such as plating loss, scratches, pitting, etc. Some are in very good condition, showing few signs of use. Others are kind of ugly, but still totally functional. Most fall in the middle. In some cases, an orphaned razor head may be put together with a handle that doesn't quite match. All have been cleaned and sanitized, and you can be assured that I will not send out anything I wouldn't use myself.
You may receive a Gem, Gem Junior, Ever Ready, or Star razor. These were all brands owned by American Safety Razor; despite the variety of branding, all have basically the same razor head. They come with a variety of handles. Many folks prefer the handles with an art deco chain link pattern, or the phat little Bakelite handles. You can specify either of those options below for an additional $2.
You'll receive one Gem PTFE coated stainless steel SE blade along with the razor. There are very few blade options for these razors, and most folks seem to prefer this one. You'll also receive a little set screw adapter that will let you use your 1912 razor head with any standard DE razor handle.
Gold plated user grade razors will, more often than not, have most or all of the thin gold plating gone. The bare brass that remains ranges from a coppery red to light yellow, but will be generally be gold-ish in color. Refer to the photos for examples.
** The material possibilities if you choose an "all others" handle include nickel/chrome, gold/brass, black-coated metal, and bakelite, with the first two being much more common than the latter two. If you have a preference, please let us know in a note when you place your order and we will accommodate your request if possible.
** Damaskeenes and other particularly special Patent 1912 razors will be listed individually if we think they command a higher price (e.g. if they have their original case, and/or are in especially good condition, etc.)