@Straight up may be on to something. He has been shaving a lot with his five Comoy's of London SR's lately so I found one to buy to give it a go.
My Comoy came with a typical factory edge. I set a proper bevel and put it through my honing progression before finishing up on diamond pasted balsa strops. This morning was my first shave with this SR.
All I can say is WOW! This is a cheapie SR but can shave like the best of them in my stable (Ralf Aust, Revisor, etc.).
This morning's shave was:
Comoy's of London ¾ SR off diamond pasted balsa.
ARKO stick face lathered with a Chinese synthetic brush.
I'm not 100% sure, but they have the haul marks of a Gold Dollar. The grinding on the heel is apparently a new modification they are applying to them; all 5 of my new ones have substantial grinding on the heel. I have one I picked up ten years ago and the blade is slightly different. It appears since that time they have worked on improving the aesthetics using etching and improving the scales (yes the old scales were cheaper and worse!)We don't know for sure but they work very well.
The quality of finish and grinding is rather Chinese in nature. The name "Comoy's of London" has been around since the 1800's as providers of gentlemen's accessories.