Back in September... Hmm.. I just noticed that back in late September, YouTube shaver Donald Younger (WetTheFace) posted a follow-up video to his original Model T unboxing/review video because although his original Model T was without issue, he too received a 2nd Model T package (presentation box, razor, blades, sheath), unannounced. He tells his viewers that the 2nd razor was sent because Rockwell wanted to replace all potentially flawed 2-piece T-bar Model Ts. If true, that would be GREAT customer service — though a somewhat unnecessarily costly thing to do seeing as the Model T is able to be user-dismantled and the T-bar swapped out, so only that part (and replacement instructions) really ought to have been sent. However, Rockwell has never publicly (read: to all backers) stated that they were doing this and as you know, jwr3265, never included a note with the surprise replacement razor package to explain why they were sending it. Donald mentions and reads from what he calls "a letter" from Rockwell which he says explains everything; he even posts a printed copy of it at the end of the video for viewers' benefit. However, in the Description area of his video, he writes that he received it as an email and it is clear to me as a fellow backer that this is simply the "September Update [2/2]" sent out to all backers per regular communications... and is not therefore a courtesy email, as he seems to purport it to be. In any case, it absolutely does NOT say that replacement razors have been sent out to all who received an early production model. My point is that I'd like to believe that your wonky original (which was a 2-piece T-bar, for sure) was replaced with a 2-piece T-bar razor, and then when Rockwell realized that the 2-pieces were inherently flawed, they preemptively sent you a 1-piece to replace it. The only wrinkles in this theory are that to date I've only seen TWO reports of unneeded (surprise) replacement razors and member Terry Williams has an early 2-piece and I don't remember him ever saying he received a 2nd razor. I'll ask him in his review thread. EDIT/UPDATE: Terry confirms there that he did NOT receive a 2nd razor, despite having an early 2-piece T-bar. So, Donald was wrong, and we are still clueless why Rockwell sent out unannounced extra razors to some backers.