|Slight finish blemishes are visible on the near door due|
to my use of jewelry pliers to correct blade-alignment defect.
- Weight: 21 g
- 3-inch handle length
- Twist-to-open (TTO) configuration
- Copy (in aluminum) of Gillette Super Speed razor
This ultra-light razor causes one to challenge the mythology that it takes a heavy razor to get a good, easy shave. The knurling on the handle provides a secure grip, and the razor gives a good tactile and auditory feedback as one shaves.
|The 2003m and the pliers used to correct the manufacturing|
defects that caused blade-edge curvature.
I have received two of these razors. The first had serious functional defects in that it repeatedly curved one edge of the double-edge (DE) blade in a slight U shape (high on the ends, low in the middle). The other edge was the opposite - a hump shape (low on the ends, high in the middle). This is a formula for an extremely harsh shave with many nicks and minor cuts. Also in this razor, the blade did not fit snugly and had to be manually adjusted as the TTO was closed to get even blade exposure on both sides.
|The doors, when open as shown, required careful blade|
insertion to avoid damage to blade edges.
|2003m in foreground, comparing handle length to Gillette |
Slim Adjustable (middle), and Merkur Classic 33C (rear).
The 2003m and the Merkur have the same handle length.
The Gillette is slightly longer.
This razor has potential as a super-light travel razor if Weishi can get their process under control and consistently make 2003m razors that hold the blade edges dead straight.
|UPDATE: This view shows the modest blade exposure and|
the blade-bar gap, which gives this razor its moderate
|UPDATE: You can see the modest blade reveal of the|
upper edge, and the marks near the lower edge are scratches
in the butterfly door from the jeweler's pliers used to correct
the manufacturing defect.
The aggressiveness of the blade exposure and angle is moderate. It is more aggressive than my Merkur Classic or Lord L6, which are both mild and smooth, but the 2003m is not so aggressive that it would be a serious hazard to inexperienced users. (When I get my on-order Weishi 9306-f, I will update this post and compare the aggressiveness of the two models.)
**UPDATE: As suspected, while the 2003m is moderate in the aggressiveness of its blade orientation, the Weishi 9306-f provides a very mild-cutting blade position -- very difficult to cut or nick yourself, even with a very sharp blade. I'll post a complete review of the 9306-f in the near future after I've had more time to become well acquainted.**
I am still doing business with the seller, Wonderlife, and have obviously not written Weishi off either, having received that chromed-brass model