So this may have been discussed via threads about offending individual razors, but I thought a thread referencing our collective disappointments would be fun (and decent therapy). So what razor(s) did you have high hopes for, but ultimately has disappointed you? I have a few, but I'm thinking right now one of the contenders for #1 is a WR Case razor. They are usually mid priced on the 'Bay, as there aren't usually tons of them listed. At least not when compared to Genco, Torrey, Geneva, etc. I've wanted a Case razor since I got into SR shaving. I've had numerous Case knivesmthrough the years, and even today they market American made knives (though there is no argument that Case today =/= Case of yesteryear).
Afterr searching the largest auction sight for the better part of 2 years, I recently finally saw one that I thought was a decent deal. No major rust, not even any major patina but it obviously hasnt been polished, the scales looked original, though there were numerous small dings along the bevel that were apparent in pictures. Nothing major, we are talking half the depth of the bevel or ess. I pickee this razor up for about $30 USD shipped. I couldn't believe my luck. Then it arrived. Oh wow, this is a dainty little thing, I thought. It's a 5/8 razor but the tang was tiny. Also the blade just "felt" smaller. It's very light. Oh well no huge issue. On to cleaning and honing. The damage honed out easy enough as it wasn't major. Then on to a progression. The razor is marked "manganese steel." I did some research and true manganese steel (Mangaloy) is unsuitable for razors. After finishing up honing, the first shaves were subpar. I was meticulous in fo,lowing a progression that always works with a quality razor.
Tonight I went back to bevel set. I then increased (slightlty) the number of laps in each step of progression. The results tonight? Better than subpar, but not much beyond mediocre. Fairly, it is close to winter time and winter messes with hydration of shave soap of lather. Still, I had much higher hopes formthis razor.
What is your disappointment?
Curious, does your W.R. Case look like this?