I finally had the chance to use the razor and I can say I'm happy with its performance. The travel case is compact but still has enough room for a couple of blades. The razor gave a nice close shave without cuts or razor burn. I think the weight has a lot to do with the great shave. My other razor may be a little heavy as it doesn't shave the same. I would like to find one that is similar to this one.
Disassembled in the case, it's compact enough just to drop into a pocket. Assembled, it's sturdy, with appropriate heft and a nicely-textured handle. The aggressiveness is, I guess, in the reasonable range. More than a Jagger, but not dramatically so. I carry an extra blade or two in the case, tucked behind the head assembly.
This Is The One You Want
Well made solid brass construction with a *full sized handle* that breaks down into three component parts (four if you count the top razor cover), which you store in an attractive brown leather case that fits neatly in your Dopp bag. Smooth, closed-comb design, good balance, gives an all-around excellent travel razor for about half the price of the Merkur long-handled equivalent travel razor. This is the one you want, gentlemen.
better than Merkur at 2/3 the price
I've owned the Merkur travel razor for a few trips now and have never really be fond of it. Not aggressive enough (even with a Feather blade) and the handle is too light for balance. On a whim, I purchased the Parker and used it for the first time this morning with an Astra blade. It is a night and day difference and, in my opinion, _much_ better. It is slightly more aggressive than my DE89 and the brass handle with very deep knurling makes it a pleasure to handle. Not a big deal, but the case is also nicer with individual loops to hold the handle pieces and head. The case is larger than the Merkur, but still pretty small, so your preference will depend on your needs.
Parker Travel Razor with Leather Case
I've used it 4 or 5 times and haven't cut myself yet :-) it gives a very close shave too.