While I did have the short handled progress 500 with a case some years back I changed it for the long handled version. I've been using this razor for a week or so (giving the 56 flair tip a rest) and have decided to give the short handled version a go again. So onto the web to my usual vendors, who are all out of stock. So a lengthy search of the webb shows other UK vendors have them in stock but the price differes by as much as £15 ($23). And that with out the postage. My regular vendors say that they are waiting for new stock but this has been over a month or so (not their fault obviously), so I can only conclude that with the higher prices and the lack of stock there must be a Merkur Progress 500 famin.