Thanks to this thread by GDCarrington and his experience with the Russian Bear razor I became interested in snagging one for myself so I ran over and hit eBay in hopes of finding one. What I found instead was a razor touted as a "USSR RAZOR analog Gillette Fatboy Razor model 1958" that looked similar but had black plastic under the head like later model Black Beauties. The description has been updated to "RUSSIAN DOUBLE-EDGE ADJUSTABLE SAFETY RAZOR 'IDEAL' WITH CASE" since then but it is the same razor. It finally came after three weeks of waiting and I happily posted pictures in this thread and enjoyed many inquiries as to there I purchased it from. Well it has been a week and I have used it every day since so I thought I would share my thoughts. The Razor: As you can see the razor, center, is based on the Black Beauty 109 mm and not the Fat Boy of any year. The handle and tip are distinctly BB inspired and is even roughly the same length. The numbering on the adjustment knob is red and really washed out on some of the numbers. These razors were evidently mass produced and the paint wasn't high on the quality control priority list. There is a marked difference on how clean the Gillettes are in comparison. The weight is nice and it feels a little more solid than my Black Beauty 109 and the knurling on the handle is very good with wet hands. The smaller adjuster knob allows me to choke up more in tight areas and is appealing also. The shave: Excited I grabbed the razor and the Sputnik blades it came with and loaded it up for the first shave on setting three and nearly ripped my face off. Out came the Sputnik and in went a Personna Red which I have had success with before. I gave a tentative swipe and sighed in relief because it was much better smooth an no irritation. Then I flipped it to the other edge and enjoyed the pain of a nice quarter inc cut on my cheek. Ouch! Looking down I noticed that the blade does not seat evenly in the head. No matter how I try and adjust it while tightening it won't stay even. I thought this would be a deal breaker but it turned out by modifying my technique (odd how that pops up so often) I was able to get a pretty good shave and have been using it ever since. Not sure if it will be a 30 day razor at this point but we shall see. The Ideal isn't my favorite razor that I own, but I am not willing to give up on it just yet. Therefore, in true RAD form I ordered a second Ideal to see if it is a common issue or if I just happened to get a flawed one. I really enjoy the look and feel of this razor and am willing to sacrifice the first one as a unique display item if the second one turns out to be a keeper. If not, with the price of Russian blades I will consider them free razors that I received with my latest blade purchases.