Sorry for the lack of pictures as evidence, but I just couldn't wait to post some impressions and get your expert feedback. After just 6 months of hitting the order site when they were out-of-stock, I finally got 'lucky' and the shipment came in today.
My first impression was how the the finish of the head did not match the handle. Head is a flat grey, the handle all super shiny. The 3-D or sculptural aesthetic didn't match either--the head is simply too crude in a nuts-and-bolts manner. In the end these aren't the most important things, but certainly not the most difficult to get right.
Now, on to performance. Imagine writing with a quarter-pound fountain pen. Now imagine the shaving equivalent. In the spirit of YMMV, I can appreciate that an NFL linebacker would feel at ease with a face-scraping tool like this, but for a regular guy what is the purpose? Just fondling the razor out of the box is certainly fantastic--and I normaly love when my toys are very heavy--but this is a precision tool to be applied to one's face. The whole shave was a nervous guessing game with pressure being mostly impossible to establish. One thing that became clear very quickly was that this was a rather mild head. Well, either that or I am the Michael Phleps of shaving technique. Brand new feather blade and a nick-free shave, though nowhere near as close as what a Rocket HD will deliver for me and also quite a distance behind the EJ89.
I'm up for round 2 tomorrow, but right now it looks like this one is headed for display case, sale or a far more sensible handle (to Cooncat Bob up in heaven: this is yet another example of how much you are missed back here).