Good shaver that performs well above its price point.
Ease of honing
Takes a great edge
Shaves as well as my best
Well ground full-hollow
Pivot pin properly tensioned
Forgiving bevel angle
Very good beginner's straight razor
Cons: Not the best finish quality
Balance well away from pivot pin
ABS plastic scales
I bought this straight razor in November 2021 from "King of Knives" in Australia for about USD 30. They had two in stock and the other was showing rust from being handled by other shoppers. These straight razors are getting harder to find, both new and second-hand.
The SR came with a factory edge so I needed to set the bevel and hone it up to my standard of shave-ready. I finished this process off on diamond pasted balsa strops (0.5um, 0.25um & 0.1um).
My first shave with this SR was good but could have been better. I then put the SR through a second full balsa progression. The second shave was as good as I get from my best straight razors that cost hundreds of dollars.
I maintain my straight razor on a hanging 0.1um diamond pasted balsa strop after each shave so I cannot comment very much on edge life.
I am surprised at how well this straight razor performs. For the price, it is a winner.