My Weber razor has arrived and after two shaves now I am ready to give a preliminary review.
The Weber is a basic no nonsense razor. The design is functional and without flourish yet it has a simple unadorned beauty. It is a three piece non adjustable design that is simple to load and use. The material, machining and finish are high quality. The weight and balance of the razor is excellent. The handle is solid stainless steel, fairly thin and long but has a very nice feel. The knurling is a fine, non aggressive pattern but has a sharpness to it that provides a very positive grip. I could pick this up with oil on my fingers and still have a sure grip on it. The head of the razor is patterned after the Gillette old type with a heavy cap.
And here lies the problem. The gap between the base and the blade is almost nonexistent but that isn’t necessarily a problem. The edges of the cap are so thick that the blade exposure is negligible. When it comes to aggressiveness, my razor is milder than a Gillette Tech. After three ATG passes using a Feather blade I still could not get a clean shave.
Now, to be fair, this is a new razor from a new company. They are still perfecting their design and manufacturing processes and each razor is pretty much handmade. When I compare my razor to the pictures that “Venom” posted I can see that the cap on his razor may have thinner edges than mine and those cap edges are the difference between a mild and an aggressive shave. I think they may have moved from prototypes to production a little too fast.
If they can fix two things they will have a extraordinary razor.
1.The blade exposure needs to be dialed in and standardized.
2.The pins on the head need to be sized so that the blade will not have any play in it when the razor is being loaded.
I am still glad that I bought this razor. This is a tool built to last for generations. I think that Weber is on the right track and given a little more time will have an excellent product (Look out Merkur).
I am still trying to decide if I will send my razor back to Weber for some work or if I will try my hand at working the head down little by little until I get “the perfect shave”.
The opinions expressed are those of the poster and not necessarily those of Badger & Blade. Your mileage may vary.