Measuring 14mm thick, the El Grande just feels great in your hand. The chrome-plated brass handle is lathe turned and a deep knurl pattern is carved into the metal keeping it from slipping when wet. The model 89 head is molded from high-quality Zamac. The same as higher-priced German & English brands. The head & handle are then polished by hand on a buffing wheel. Plated with copper. Then nickel. Then chrome. You can't find a better quality razor at a better price.