Price: I picked this up for $18 at Cotton Blossom Crafts. That seemed like a good price to me for my first DE razor.
Quality: For the price, I find this razor to be a good starter razor. It feels well built and delivers a decent shave once you learn its personality.
User Friendly: As a new DE razor user, I had no problems using this razor. Once I realized that this razor is not aggressive, it was easier to concentrate on getting my technique down. The tame nature of the razor could cause some frustration for new users as a little more work is needed to get the desired closeness per pass.
Grip: The middle of the handle is a grid-patterned texture. It's not very pronounced, so I didn't notice it much while holding the razor. The bottom twist-to-open part of the handle has a vertical texture.
Ease of Blade Replacement: The Weishi seems to be a "normal" twist-to-open (TTO) razor. The doors open with a twist of the handle bottom and they open wide enough to insert and remove the blade with ease.
Aggressiveness: At the time of this review, the only thing I can compare this razor to is using an M3 cartridge. With that in mind, the Weishi seemed rather tame. I didn't have much trouble finding the right angle(s) for my beard, but the razor definitely needed a bit of help to get the job done. Fortunately, a little bit of pressure did not result in any damage/irritation.
Balance: The razor is fairly light, with most of its weight in the head. This is both good and bad from a beginner's point of view. It's good since you would really need to put some effort into cutting yourself while using the razor. It's bad because common advice is to 'let the weight of the razor' drive the pass. Being so light, the weight of the razor won't get the job done - it needs a bit of help to move along.
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Weishi DE Safety Razor Review
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Pros - availability
Cons - super mild--alignment
This is the one touch and Van Der Hagen razor and they're not bad. You can usually find them for about $10, but I wouldn't pay much more than that. I've seen them for twice that and I don't think I'd bite at that price. They work okay, I've had some blade alignment issues, but overall a very mild, cheaply made razor that can be found in most corner drug stores.
"Without question and by far, the worst safety razo"
Pros - None
Cons - Everything
Without question and by far, the worst safety razor I have ever tried. Tried it twice, with two different blades. I won't try it again. It's so mild that it took me four passes to get a good shave with it, whereas I normally to two passes and a touch up. The increase amount of work, passes, and strokes led to irritation.
As far as build materials and quality, it's no better or worse than any of the other cheap consumer goods coming out of China, but seriously a razor designed to be this mild is functionally ususable, regardless of the price. If it were priced at one dollar, it would still be a waste of money.
In contrast, my three-piece Rimei, which is even cheaper to buy, can actually deliver a good shave and I use it often enough. As does my two dolla Yuma, as long as you are really careful with it.
This forum is a valuable resources, but in this case you see the drawbacks...I normally like mild razors so you read about the Weishi and you say, well, I'll give that a try. Seven dolla down the drain. Oh well...
"My experience seems to be a bit different than a l"
Pros - cost
Cons - takes some work to dial in the right angle.
My experience seems to be a bit different than a lot of people. I would not recommend this as a first razor. It was one of my first, and being so mild there is too much temptation to compensate by adding excessive pressure.
After a number of less than satisfactory shaves with it, I stopped using it for a few months and used a number of more aggressive razors. I have recently gone back to it, and find it to give me a very nice shave indeed. The key with this guy is angle. You really need to dial in the exact right angle and then not deviate from it at all (another reason why IMO it is not that great as a starter razor)
Perhaps some of the really bad reviews have been from poor products/batches, as a lot of things coming out of this country (China) have quality variance issues from batch to batch...or even within the same batch. Or perhaps I got lucky with a really good one. Or, I suppose most likely, it all comes down to (like nearly everything in this hobby) YMMV.
BTW: I use it with personna labs and can get about 75% BBS with 2.5 passes. (3 passes above the jawline, and 2 under with a few touchups/buffings)