No kidding. I am afraid it might be contagious.
Now, there's a comment I have to agree with. My Merkur 34C has a zinc alloy cap, but the chrome plating is thick and easily will outlive me if I can avoid dropping it or banging it too hard against the sink or faucet. The threaded post is still brass. On the newer ones, the threaded post is zinc as well. As it nearly always is the threads that corrode and fail, I doubt I'd get even three years of daily use out of one. Yet they still cost around $40.Yeah. They first took care of the Solingen tradition, selling now rebranded products made in cough cough, other countries.
Two things I would add: one fact, that Haslinger is Austrian, and one opinion, that Haslinger is an exception....As for soaps turning vegan, for me it didn't seem to make a major difference for Haslinger....
I have not seen any vendor selling the vegan version and the Speick website still has the tallow version packaging and ingredients list.