I prepared myself from the single rated comment under "first travel razor". I should have heeded the advice about the damaged threads. I do not believe that WCS are the ones responsible as opposed to Merkur who I presumes manufactures this razor, One should not have to dig out the tap & die set to re-thread the male and female parts on the handle prior to first use, but that is exactly what happened when I first tried to assemble it. Simple fix, BUT... Merkur needs to look at their process of shipping and packaging along with a serious look at their quality assurance of lack there of. Three stars for the awesomeness of the razor for shaving as I used the razor for over four days. I also like the travel kit as it is self contained and fits well in my new D. R. Harris travel bag. A great product other than the simple thread issue. Again WCS you guys have some great products!