I felt on this review left on a notorious site regarding a well known safety razor, the Merkur Vision 2000. The Merkur Vision 2000 review is so harsh, it’s priceless:
I bought this after years of mucking around with Mach 3, Fusion and all the other gimmicy rubbish on the market. What I wanted was a really good, simple shave. This razor is billed as the dogs danglers - well made etc. Actually its build quality is very dissapointing - looks like it came out of a East German car plant circa 1963. Rough edges and an uneven gap between the blade and the razor edge. The blades made by the same company are also rubbish - Gillette or Wilkinson are miles better and half the price. I am now (after a month) going to replace this heap of junk and will melt it down for use as a spare ash tray for a Trabant.
Remember, this person wasn’t used to safety razors, and it takes time to train and perform a good shaving with this quality tools. So go around and read other reviews, you’ll see that the Merkur Vision 2000 is a great razor!
It has been said that this razor is unwieldy. I disagree: it is weighted and balanced so that you only need the lightest grip. Let the razor do the work! i find it very satisfying in the hand. The shave is astonishingly good, (read: a little terrifying to the beginner!) especially if you take the time to fiddle with the tension settings until you find what suits you best. It is, however, too easy accidentally to change the tension setting in the course of the shave, so take care. Also, there is an awful lot of razor between the sides and edges of the blade and the skin, which can make some detail work tricky…