I got myself a couple R41 clones from aliexpress, and I was itching to try them today. They looked half decent, so I tried to replicate my last setup with the real R41. Bic chrome, a bottom shim, soap and all the rest the same. Blade alignment was fiddly, the razor had the tendency to kick it to one side. After a little fiddling it got in the ballpark.
Now I am not shying away from efficient razors, in fact I much prefer the R41 with a shim, I find it very good like this. I have wiry whiskers that require efficiency to avoid irritation.
So, how was the chinese R41?
No exaggeration, I was genuinely scared. Even more than the first time I went from disposables to DE.
I finished one pass with the shim and I figured that for my own good I better remove it. Mistake, this head is almost unusable unshimmed, the blade is all over the place. Back in goes the shim and I finish the shave with a few minor weepers.
So, the verdict: It is worth it for sh*ts and giggles, just to see how good your technique is or how good the local ER is. I might use it again