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Ming Shi 2000S Adjustable DE Safety Razor

4.86 out of 5 based on 35 customer ratings
(35 customer reviews)


Made in China

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Product Description

While I don’t have a lot of information about this razor- what I can say is that it’s been receiving great reviews through the forums.  We decided to stock some in our store so that our customers don’t have to wait months for shipping direct from China

Adjusts from 1 -> 6

Fit & finish is superb given the price.




35 reviews for Ming Shi 2000S Adjustable DE Safety Razor

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is literally the best razor I have ever used… Yes it does have a couple issues, and can be irritating but the shave is incredible for me.

    I liked it so much I bought a merkur futur… the futur is actually more difficult to shave with, but the issues of the ming shi are not as apparent in the futur.

    The issues with the ming shi:

    Blade alignment-no matter what it is nearly impossible to align that blade, unless you use a tool to push it once the cap is on… you risk dulling part of the blade

    Loose stem- the stem that the cap hooks up to wobbles back and fourth a little. When I go to shake out the water, I can hear it jiggle, and sometimes it will move during the shave. The Futur is much LESS prone to this problem.

    The Merkur is a little better on blade alignment as well. Lastly the merkur has a much smoother pivot for the adjustment.. this being said. You can have 7 ming shi razors for one futur…

    How is the ming shi better? It is actually smaller and easier to maneuver. and cheap! If you have sensitive skin, you must try this thing. This is the ONLY razor I have ever been able to daily shave with.

  2. 4 out of 5


    Great value. It’s fairly loud, while still remaining gentile. You hear the blade just scraping across your face, yet very few weepers, if any. I shave at 4 WTG and then 5 ATG to get a nice close shave. I still prefer my Maggard V2, but this is quick & easy to clean. It’s fun to have an adjustable at this low price point. I’m surprised that without knurling or other features, it’s not slippery.

  3. 5 out of 5


    “Absolutely Love This Razor” I just recently purchased this Razor and an Omega S10077 great brush also but back to the razor………It’s very well built, very nice looking & shaves like a dream this was my first order from Maggard and I am absolutely happy with both items very fast shipping so just buy this razor for at this price it’s a steal. I’m considering buying a spare “Thanks Maggard Razors”

  4. 5 out of 5


    I purchased it at the store in Adrian and a 5 pack of Shark chrome blades on 3/2/19. I have three other DE razors from Maggard, Detroit Grooming Company and a butterfly from Weishi. I have to admit, this razor gives an extremely close shave! I’m very impressed! For the price I’m extremely happy. I shaved on Number 2 on the settings with a medium course beard and received a beautiful outcome. If you have an opportunity and can visit the store is a shavers religious experience! Service from Brad and his staff is first rate.

  5. 5 out of 5


    I’ve been using my Ming Shi for about 8 months with my own homemade soap. It’s the only DE razor I’ve ever owned. I bought it based on reviews and price. After all, the cost per shave can get crazy using Fusion and Mach 3 cartridge razors. And why do people in their right mind pay $50 to $100 for a blade holder? I expect to use this one for the next 25 years or so until a nurse has to shave me. I started with a setting of 3 and learned what razor burn was. And I knew it was the fault of my technique. So I switched to 2.5 for about 5 months. Now I use it on 5 and almost never get “too close”. I would have had to buy and use 3 or 4 other non-adjustable razors to arrive at my current “skill level”. The ends of the Ming Shi will not allow the blade to get close to my nose. In fact, I grab one one of my remaining cheap dual blade Bics to actually go part way up inside my nose. I use the same DE blade 10 to 30 times. Yes you can us a blade (any of 7 brands I’ve tried) for a full month, but you will need to slow down, , take smaller and more numerous strokes, and acquire great skill to learn how much pressure you dare apply. I’m homing in on changing the blade every two weeks for 10 to 12 shaves.

  6. 2 out of 5


    I purchased the Ming Shi double edge safety razor from Ali Express and and in less than a year the head dropped off. The threads on the head shaft appear to have worn down and not from over use. There was some sort of compound on threads of the head shaft which I replaced with plubmers tape to reattach. I gave it two stars for a good shave.

  7. 5 out of 5


    I had seen all the reviews too and thought why not? Got it today, took it apart and drenched with alcohol to kill any stray bits of ebola, rinsed, dryed, and shaved with a new Gillette 7 oc yellow. Blade straight, no wobble, set it on 2 and off I go. BBS on the first try. Good blade helps but this thing is legit.

  8. 5 out of 5


    Very smooth and close shave. I can not believe you can purchase a razor like this for the money. I like setting 2 with Personna blades. I use a straight razor normally, but this works great when time doesn’t allow. I recommend this razor to anyone.

  9. 5 out of 5


    I just ordered my second one before everyone catches on and the price goes up. I own a Edwin Jagger DE-89, a Rockwell 6C and this Ming Shi. I love all my razors, but this one is just as awesome as the other two. I have not used their blades because I am partial to the Vokshod blades, but i think I am going to try them because f they are half as good as their razor they will be awesome. I love being able to adjust on the fly which makes it easier to use the Rockwell which comes with multiple plates. The Merkur costs five times as much and can’t be worth it when this razor can be bought this cheap. I saw a video where both the Merkur Futur and this razor were completely disssembled and there isn’t a nickle’s worth of difference.

  10. 5 out of 5


    OK, here goes. 1) No, it does not have the finish of a Mercur, but it only costs $13, not $92. While there are a few little imperfections in the finish, these do not affect the function of the razor in any way. 2) It has excellent blade alignment and holds the blade firmly in place. 3) I have only used it on settings 1 1/2 and 2 so far, and these provided a nice, close shave with no nicks or cuts. It is not a scary razor at all — mild to medium aggression, I would say. 4) I had some reservations about the handle being slippery, but, surprisingly, it does not seem to be — the indentation in the handle is in just the right place to provide a decent grip (we can thank the design folks at Mercur for that). For $13, you have very little to risk, and, in my opinion, it is a genuine bargain.

  11. 5 out of 5


    I have plenty of razors. Ever-ready, Gem, Merkur, Gillette, Ikon, Schick Injectors, etc.. Every year around this time I make my shaving purchases for myself and a random secret recipient from a forum and saw this on sale. I grabbed two thinking it couldn’t hurt at that price if it under-performed. I’ve had only three face shaves and one head shave and each shave was probably the most perfect shave ever. It impressed me so much that I just ordered a third for my brother.

  12. 5 out of 5


    Quality razor. Bought this as my first DE razor and have loved it ever since.

  13. 5 out of 5


    I only use a very mild razor due to my sensitive skin. Surprisingly Ming Shi 2000s is very mild at lower settings. I used the Ming Shi blade (mid sharp) at setting 3 and I got a very close and comfortable shave.
    As for lack of knurling, I removed the rubber grip from a “Pentel Clic Eraser Grip Retractable Eraser” (just Google it) and it fits perfectly on the skinny part of the handle. Just apply a little soap on the handle for easy installation. Problem solved.

  14. 5 out of 5


    I’m actually shocked at how good this razor is, considering I started out with a negative perception of it. The moment I opened it I expected to hate it. Not because it’s any lower quality than the Merkur Futur that it is a clone of, but because of some of the Futur design decisions that I hadn’t known about (this is my first Futur). The head is much larger than most DEs, most settings on the razor are very aggressive (I have very sensitive skin, and don’t like aggressiveness), no knurling to hold with soapy hands, and if you don’t do it right changing blades can be dangerous.

    But then a funny thing happened: in the two or so weeks I’ve had this razor it’s become my absolute favorite, giving me the most comfortable shaves I’ve ever had. And I have probably 13 DE razors, everything from vintage Gillette adjustables to Merkur, Edwin Jagger, Feather and Maggard razors to an Ikon slant. And there are some great razors in that group, so for this thing to end up the winner was absolutely astonishing to me.

    This razor gives me incredibly smooth, close shaves, much to my surprise and delight. I think it has a lot to do with the head design which I was initially so against when I first looked at it. Once I opened it I found that under the cap, they use three different methods to hold the blade in place: twin thick posts (which is usually all you get on most heads), central bar, and then two thinner posts near the outside. The result is absolute perfect blade alignment every time, combined with really good blade rigidity that I think contributes to the smoothness.

    And as for those other cons I thought were in the product? They really weren’t the big issues I thought they would be. When it comes to the larger head size, I actually ended up appreciating it because it takes less strokes to cover my face, and it hasn’t stopped me from getting into narrow areas like my upper lip (I’ve learned to adjust). I’ve adjusted to lack of knurling as well… at least the razor has an indent in the handle I can use for grip and balancing, and I now that I’m used to it I feel like my grip is as good as any other razor. And it’s true that most of the settings are crazy aggressive, but it’s adjustable and they do have a setting for me: I shave with a 1 (settings range from .5 – 6). On that setting it’s very mild yet close, mild enough for my sensitive skin.

    Lastly, is it dangerous to take off the top cap? Can be, if you try to pull it off. Don’t do that. Another shaving forum user recommended laying a towel on the counter, flipping the razor upside down, and pushing down on the sides of the head and letting the top cap just fall into the towel. That works perfect, and if you do it that way your fingers will be nowhere near the blade, removing the danger.

    All told, it’s a very interesting razor… they definitely went outside the box on it. But that’s a good thing, because for me at least it shaves better than anything. Five stars, and this may be the first razor ever where I buy a duplicate to have on hand “just in case”, because I would not want to be without this one :).

  15. 5 out of 5


    Since I started using DE razors for the last three years I’ve been curious about the adjustable. Didn’t want to pay the high price for one in case I didn’t like it. For the price of this one I couldn’t resist. I did two shaves using all the adjustments back and forth seeing how felt. Ended up using 6 on my face and setting 4 on my jaw bone and neck area. Almost had BBS with one pass and little touching up in spots. Seems to be well built razor with a good finish on it for the price. Only downfall I have on it and this is strictly a personal preference is i think it looks and feels kind of bulky. But for the price anyone wanting to try an adjustable I would definitely get this razor. Thank Maggards for having it available and for their great service!

  16. 5 out of 5


    I was reluctant to give this razor a try, but the price was attractive. Boy was I surprised! Excellent quality and a great shave. Not sure I would reorder the blades that came with the 2000s, but they did give a decent shave.

    Great call by the Maggard Team! I’ve ordered a second for my travel kit.

  17. 5 out of 5


    Wow! Best $13 I’ve ever spent. Thanks guys!

  18. 5 out of 5


    I haven’t used a safety razor for lose to 50 years. I purchased this hoping that an adjustable razor would make certain I had a razor I could live with. This product is excellent. First shave was clean no nicks, and every one since has been the same for the past two weeks. I found no faults with the Ming Shi blades either. I have nothing but distance memories for comparison, but if you’re uncertain about what to buy, give this a try.

  19. 5 out of 5


    Once wet, the smooth and polished handle of the Ming Shi 2000S is slippery, especially if you have soap on your fingers which is always the case if you stretch your skin. To avoid this, I coated mine with a thin layer of silicone, powdered the handle with sand dust on the wet silicone, and put it standing up in its box until the silicone dried. Now, regardless of how much soap i have on my fingers, holding the razor is easy

  20. 5 out of 5


    My recommendation is this: if you have to buy only one razor, it has to be the Ming Shi 2000S. Without any doubt, you can do this being assured that you will have made the best decision. Here is why

    Let it be a Merkur or a Parker, this razor as good as any other adjustable double edge. It is even as good as the razor that it copied, the Merkur Futur. I systematically tried all of those. I spent close to $1,000 looking for a razor that would give me satisfaction (more about this in a subsequent paragraph).

    The key is to know how to use an adjustable razor and to equip it with a blade that suits your particular beard. An adjustable will fill extend the performance of a standard razor (one with a head) to make it feel similar to a straight razor with the standard razor as its base. At a lower setting, the adjustable will perform more like a standard razor and at higher setting, it will perform more like a straight razor. Start at setting 1, always put the razor parallel against your face first, and than start inclining it until you feel the blade. This is the optimum angle for that setting. If this works then do the same for the second setting and so forth until it is no longer comfortable to increase the setting.

    I have parts of my face (below the sideburns and under the chin) that i could not shave with most double edge razor but that i could only shave with a straight razor. So i have both: a mild and a straight razor. Along with a blade and shaving soap that will match your particular facial hair, the Ming Shi 2000S set at 5 solved that problem for me.

    I have tried 37 different blades. I found that sharp blades like the Feather or the Astra Superior Platinum gave me the best shave while using the Ming Shi 2000S.

  21. 5 out of 5


    This is a fantastic razor at an unbelievable price. It works exactly as expected and has given me very close shaves. I’ve had great luck using Feather blades and settings 3-5. This has replaced my Merkur 39C for everyday use. Thanks for the excellent recommendation Brad!

  22. 4 out of 5


    Full disclosure, I’ve had no prior experience with the razor that this one is cloned after. That being said, after using this I would strongly considering purchasing the real one. This is a great little shaver and allowed me to try out a rather unorthodox style of razor I’d had some level of interest and trepidation over for a while. For what you get at this price, you can’t beat the output. Totally worth a purchase.

  23. 5 out of 5


    Just to let people know and offer some help, this razor is mild to moderate up to setting three, but gets very aggressive after setting 3-6. So keep that in mind. It is the same way as with the Merkur.

  24. 5 out of 5


    As always Maggard razors shipping was second to none. As far as the razor, I’m very happy with it. The fit and finish is really well done, although I don’t have a Futur to compare with it. But the Finish is just as good if not better then my Merkur 37c. Surprisingly good shaves and blade alignment is good.
    As far as what’s the best setting on whatever pass you’re on? I’m only on my fifth shave and am fine tuning each time; each shave gets better with practice.
    Thanks Maggard Razors for offering this!

  25. 5 out of 5


    Chinese razors are bombarding the wet shaving industry like crazy, especially when you search for razors on Amazon. In fact, companies like Vikings Blade are amassing Baili razors that should cost under 10 bucks, and are selling them for almost 40 dollars! Why are people buying them from Vikings? Well, their marketing is good…but more importantly, Baili razors actually shave phenomenally for the price point. Just remember to do the research before buying into the hype. In other words, caveat emptor.

    My point is that I didn’t hesitate when Maggards started stocking this razor. I immediately ordered one, along with some other things. I just shaved with it, and I must say…I haven’t had a great shave like this with such a cheap razor since I got the Feather Popular. I used Maggards pre shave oil, TOBS Jermyn St cream, and the Ming shi on setting 3. It sliced through my thick Italian 4 day stubble with no issues. No pulling, burn, nothing. I used setting 2 on the second and third pass, and the results were just as good as my EJ or Merkur. Oh…I used feather, not the included blades.

    Kudos, Maggards for selling this fierce adjustable shaving weapon. You rock.

  26. 5 out of 5


    I have never used an adjustable before but I do have some experience with DE shaving. I know that price is not always an indicator of performance (YMMV). This razor is actually amazing. While I still feel that I can get a better shave with some of my other razors, a lot of this is experience. I am currently on shave #5 using a Wilkinson blade.

    I prep with a glycerine soap wash then proraso pre-shave. I then use my Semogue 830 boar and Barrister & Mann Bay Rum Soap. My beard is moderate (not really tough. I usually get a BBS with a 3 pass shave and a bit of polishing

    Shave #1 WTG 1 XTG 3 ATG 5 – Lots of nicks and one cut (get out the MY Nick Is Sealed)
    Shave #2 WTC 1.5 XTG 3 ATG 4 – Fewer nicks
    Shave #3 WTG 1.5 XTG 3 ATG 3.5 – Few Nicks
    Shave #4 WTG 1.5 XTG 3 ATG 3.5 – 1 nick
    Shave #5 WTG 1 XTG 3 ATG 3 – No nicks

    My shave is between a BBS and a DFS by Shave # 5. i plan to go back to my usual razors for a blade or two and then try again with another 2 blade types. Up to a Kai or Feather and down to a Derby to explore the full potential of the razor.

    This is a razor that needs a bit of work to get tuned in to your face. You can actually have a bit of fun doing it, It takes me back to my first days of wet-shaving when I took 20 minutes to do a 3 pass shave to avoid cutting myself to ribbons. It’s nice to be a “newbie” of sorts again, trying to perfect an unfamiliar shaving skill. To be able to do it with a quality razor that costs about a fifth of a Futur makes it all the sweeter.

  27. 5 out of 5


    i already had a merkur futur. i can’t justify 300-400 for a razor like oneblade,etal. the futur is very nice. i got a ming shi clone for 17.95 elsewhere. then maggard had these. i got a couple of these. slightly less heavy, but shaves just as good. no need for anyone to buy the real one. however, there are lots of clones, but this ming shi is phenomemal and maggard has the best price and service.

  28. 5 out of 5


    Couldn’t ask for a better razor for the price ! Well made, heavy, usable adjustment settings, great price and fast shipping ! Using mine on the 3-4 settings, I like a close shave , using some old “Made in USA” Albertson’s brand razor blades that are surprisingly sharp (Personnas perhaps?) ……..

  29. 5 out of 5


    Don’t have the Mekur to compare it with but with a 365blade I got a really nice close shave. Very pleased.

  30. 5 out of 5


    Very nice razor, especially for the money. I used this razor with Voshkod blade on setting #2 the first shave, #2.5 second day, and back to #2 on day three. Works great and gives a very close shave without fear of any nicks. I would suggest buying this razor if you were looking at a Merkur Futur but could not afford the price at this time. I have to warn you, if you buy this razor, you will not need to save up for the Futur since you will have one that works and looks like one already. Very happy with my purchase and the customer service that Brad and Cassie provides. You can’t go wrong buying from Maggard Razors.

  31. 5 out of 5


    Love this razor! It shave great. I am very happy i got this to add to my collection. The fit and finish is outstanding. I did’t trust tbe china blades it came with I used Gillette 7 O clock with it on setting # 2 next shave I will go up to #3 Buy it I don’t think you will be disappointed. Do not let the cheap price scare you thinking its a peice of junk

  32. 5 out of 5


    This is a beautiful razor. I don’t know how Ming Shi got away with this. It’s damn near impossible to tell it from a Futur. The fit and finish are perfect and it gives a great shave. Snap these up before Mercur finds out. This is the best razor bargain out there, bar none. My only complaint is that the instructions are in Chinese. I dug up the Mercur instructions and fixed that. Complaint resolved.

  33. 5 out of 5


    didn’t think I would but I love this razor. great shave great price !

  34. 5 out of 5


    If they are Voskod blades that came with them like mine, they are actualy nice blades. My #1 blade so far!

  35. 5 out of 5


    Unfortunetly, I just bought this razor before I knew Maggard had them. But i did pay about the same for it. Ming Shi is one of the top chinese razor makers just above Weishi. I own their TTO razor and it is fantastic. So I thought I would try the 2000s Future Clone. I’ve had two shaves with it and it shaves great! My friend has the Mekur version and side by side it is hard to tell the difference, except the Ming Shi might be a touch lighter, but a very hefty razor. The fit and finish is fantastic. Blade alignment is perfect no wiggle. All the blogs and reviews are right about this razor.

    This is not Chinese junk. Apparentley it seems that they can make good razors. You guys at Maggard did not go wrong stocking the Ming Shi 2000s! Unless you absolutely have to have the Merkur, I dont, get this Razor instead, you will not be dissapointed!!

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