Wow. I had started DE shaving about 2 months before getting this razor, but was using the cheapest razor they sold here on Amazon then. I thought the shave was better than those horrible disposable razors, but not all that great. Then I got this razor as a present to me. Boy, was there a difference! The first thing I noticed with the Merkur was how substantial and solid this razor seemed. I used the Merkur blade that came with the product and was blown away with how much greater of a shave I had using this. The shave was closer, and my skin wasn't as irritated as sometimes happened before with my cheapy DE razor. I thought the great shave was partly a result of the razor, and partly a result of the blade. But then I switched to a Personna blade in the Merkur and have had several wonderful shaves since with this. So its the Merkur razor -- I think it's because the razor holds the blade at a different, more aggressive angle, and is heavier than the other one I've used...
I spent a lot of time reading different reviews and opinions about different razors and shaving with a DE razor. Anyway I ordered it and when it arrived I thought, " the handle is too short", I have big hands and it looked small in my palm, and 'I hope I don't cut the s##t out of myself ". The first shave I was very timid and careful and had no problems, no nicks, irritation or any thing else. I just used the creme I had on hand. Next time I just stared shaving like normal, short light strokes and the end result was excellent. The short handle makes it easy to move around and change directions under my chin, nose etc. I have used disposable razors since I started shaving because I they were cheap and it didn't bother me too use them. Anyway I was wrong. Shaving with this razor is easy and quick and the way my face feels is fantastic. Now I have some real shave soap and a brush and all is good. Have not cut or nicked myself once. This razor is simple and well made and feels...
Smooth, consistent shave, and very eco-friendly compared to those old not-lamented plastic disposables. Took a few shaves to get used to its heft, but am not looking back at this point. Blade replacements are inexpensive and a cinch to store, too.
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