A repost of mine from another forum. I just copied and pasted it here..... Not going to write up a review based on one shave. Rather just a quick assessment and my initial thoughts on the razor in general. As some of you know, it’s a Vikings Blade branded razor. It’s the Emperor model in which 2 versions are produced. One in a Frosted Chrome finish and the other in a Brass/Gold & Cognac two tone scheme. I’m not going to go into who manufactures the razor for VB, whether it be Baili, Weishi or some other Chinese/Asian manufacturing facility. As you all know, with some of these products coming over from the Asian continent, some or most can be questionable in terms of quality, fitment and just overall how the final product performs. This razor is something that is completely different from anything else I’ve tried from Asian razor manufacturers. The build quality is top notch. There is a substantial robustness and heft to the razor and the coating finish on the razor is nearly impeccable to be honest. The numbers on the dial are very well done and is quite accurate within the whole range of movement. There is no click/lock as in the Gillette family of adjustables but, the movement is solid yet smooth, almost identical to the Rex Ambassador. You will not accidentally move the dial while shaving. This is not your Grandpas or Dads Gillette FB, Slim or Black Beauty here Gents. The VB beats all 3 of them in terms of size and weight. You want a heavyweight adjustable? This might be your pony.... The first shave was very good as I started it off on 7 just to see how it would compare to the Gillette’s trio. That starting point was very good for me as it felt somewhere between an 8-9 on a Slim. Good blade feel but, not harsh and overly done. It’s a good bet that at it’s max setting the Gillette’s fall a bit short. Not a fact, as I only used 7 & 5 on the dial but, I’ll be venturing there on my next shave to make it conclusive one way or the other. Overall it was a very nice shave and experience. Not all is smelling Rosey though. There are a couple of things that stood out to me and one of those was when opening the TTO doors. It just doesn’t open far enough like the Gillette’s do in allowing the blade to be placed easily into the razor. You’ll see what I mean with a few pics that I will include below. You kind of have to tilt the blade to one side to clear a door then it can be placed on the blade tray. Perhaps nothing big for some but, the fact still remains that it’s not as easy to place a blade in the VB compared to the Gillette trio. The blade tabs are also an issue with the razor head as they do protrude a bit on either side. A deal breaker for some, not so much for others, myself included. Still, it should be pointed out. There is also quite a bit of blade movement laterally from one post to the other. But, I also found that type of movement with the Gillette’s as well. Just hadn’t noticed it much. Call it a wash. The last thing has nothing to do with shave performance but, rather aesthetics. I am not a big fan of brand marking or etching on a razor and those markings of the company brand name and model are just plain tacky to me. It kind of ruins a very nice and eye pleasing razor until you see those markings. Just wasn’t needed in my opinion. Here are a few pics to kind of show the razor and a couple of things that I had mentioned above. Like I stated in my previous post, I will need to get in at least a full weeks worth of shaves in before giving the thumbs up or down on the VB Emperor Augustus Adjustable. One shave in and it has my attention..... Size comparison with a couple of Gillette’s. Slim on the bottom, Black Beauty Special Edition up top.... Head designs are very similar to one another.