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Yaqi copied the Vector

FWIW, after looking at the video clip of the Yaqi Vector copy and pictures of the Blackland Vector, I can't imagine many who would look to buy a $200 Vector would be pleased with the zamak Yaqi copy.

For a bit more the Razorock Hawk looks a better made razor.

I wonder how the half screw will fair being zamak on this razor. Personally I think it's too bad that such a blatant copy exists. Especially on a modern razor still in production that took some actual R&D to produce.
Agree. It seems to be the way of the world though. It's less trouble to copy a design than create something new from scratch, but Yaqi do seem to come up with a fair number of designs; they probably could have come up with an original razor head design that bypassed the half screw; which I'd be a little reluctant to use myself, as a few of my Yaqi DE heads have had issues with the zamak thread.
 

Sinnbad11

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FWIW, after looking at the video clip of the Yaqi Vector copy and pictures of the Blackland Vector, I can't imagine many who would look to buy a $200 Vector would be pleased with the zamak Yaqi copy.

For a bit more the Razorock Hawk looks a better made razor.



Agree. It seems to be the way of the world though. It's less trouble to copy a design than create something new from scratch, but Yaqi do seem to come up with a fair number of designs; they probably could have come up with an original razor head design that bypassed the half screw; which I'd be a little reluctant to use myself, as a few of my Yaqi DE heads have had issues with the zamak thread.
I agree, the build quality isn't comparable. I think most drops might snap off the half screw made of zamak though. Only time will tell I suppose.
 
Personally I think it's too bad that such a blatant copy exists. Especially on a modern razor still in production that took some actual R&D to produce.
It's not a cut-and-dried issue. People should receive a fair reward for the work they do - but no more than a fair reward.

A reasonable reward for innovation is fair, based on exclusive production rights, but if this runs on indefinitely at some point it will become an economic rent and then the only fair way to compete is on production costs/quality.

Imagine if the guy who first rubbed two sticks together had tried to patent fire...
 

Sinnbad11

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It's not a cut-and-dried issue. People should receive a fair reward for the work they do - but no more than a fair reward.

A reasonable reward for innovation is fair, based on exclusive production rights, but if this runs on indefinitely at some point it will become an economic rent. At that point the only fair way to compete is on production costs/quality not on innovation.

Imagine if the guy who first rubbed two sticks together had tried to patent fire...
I see and understand what you're saying. It seems to me though that vector is a fairly recent product (about 2 years old I believe) that occupies a small portion the ac razor market. A direct copy seems to take away from the reasonable reward for innovation. Of course no patent laws can be enforced, and the quality difference is huge, but it seems unfair to me.
 

thombrogan

Lounging On The Isle Of Tugsley.
Yaqi’s been ripping off natural badger fiber with their synthetic brushes for years. In razors, they’ve been making or rebadging various homages to razors made by Gillette and Merkur for almost as long. It’s no small leap to see them taking aim at high-end stuff like Shane’s designs.

Surprised they didn‘t start ripping off the AC-format blades right out of the gate.
 
We are quick to complain about manufacturing jobs going overseas. Here is a prime example of why. A product developed and made locally is pirated or its design copied with inferior materials at a much lower price point in a country with much lower labor costs. The only way to stop this is to not buy the cheaper and inferior construction product.

Personally I believe that design and innovation should be awarded and will pay the premium for the better product. My watch is an original and not a knockoff and I feel better about that as well.

We can make a choice.
 
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