Unbelievable. I only have one slant (WCS) and it gets closer than my Merkur 23c and even my straights. I assumed all slants were as efficient/aggressive.My experience wasn't much better, but most slants do horribly on my face, not for lack of trying mind you. Try as I might, never seem to get a close & comfortable shave from any slant, with the near exception of the PAA Filament, but only with certain blades. My X3 shaves nicely, but doesn't always get quite close enough for my taste, I like to finish feeling BBS, and the X3 is on the mild side. - Yet R41, Timeless 95 OC, or Rex Ambassador give outstanding shaves, and they're on the aggressive/efficient side.
As a salesman, I sold their products and personally wasn’t very satisfied with how flimsy they feel.
I think it’s no way anyone could say they’re bad at shaving though, without exaggeration.That's fair enough - I kind of understand where you are coming from. You either accept that uniquely Fatip approach or you don't. I have four of them, so obviously I do!
Still, a vintage Gillette OC in usable condition will cost significantly more than a Fatip (at least double) in my country. I think the days of vintage being cheap / bargains have pretty much gone, except perhaps in the US where there are simply more razors in the market and demand is less concentrated.
As you point out, the economic warfare of the CCP means that if price / value is the driving concern, China probably offers the widest variety at the keenest prices. Even so, prices for the better quality Chinese razors are creeping up - the latest SS releases from the likes of Yaqi are still cheap, but don't look like the bargains that their first forays into that space did. I think they are getting more sophisticated in their price targeting.
For me, at EU prices (don't know what they cost in the US) Fatips razors are still one of the best bargains in shavedom, but we must all keep our own counsel on such things.
And made in Italy! A genuine brass razor made in Italy with 1950's heritage..... also made in the same area as my beloved Moto GuzziFlimsy? They are made of brass. The fact you can get a genuine, brass razor at such a low cost is part of the appeal, where most things in that price range are pot metal or perhaps aluminium.
in my experience so far, i have to pay attention to blade alignment with every razor i own except the fatboy. some more than others sure, but i would have just assumed that would be something that most users would intuit. you are right that if someone was not paying attention to that, it would lead to issues. not sure if OP is or isn't.All Fatips need to be carefully aligned when loading a blade.
I think it depends on the razor too. Most of the modern (upper & mid tier) CNC machined razors have such tight tolerances that loading a blade doesn't require alignment.in my experience so far, i have to pay attention to blade alignment with every razor i own except the fatboy. some more than others sure, but i would have just assumed that would be something that most users would intuit. you are right that if someone was not paying attention to that, it would lead to issues. not sure if OP is or isn't.
i figured that was the case for current production higher dollar razors. ive been thinking about picking something from that tier up, however im skeptical anything will actually be better than my fatboy. its pretty wild to compare what you used to be able to get for a few bucks to what that gets you nowadays even when you take inflation into consideration...but i digress.I think it depends on the razor too. Most of the modern (upper & mid tier) CNC machined razors have such tight tolerances that loading a blade doesn't require alignment.