I did not like these at all when I was first starting out - they were tuggy, and left lots of weepers and irritation. Over time, I learned how to properly hydrate my stubble, as well as find a razor that I absolutely love (Rockwell 6S using plate setting 2). That razor/blade combo with proper prep is an amazing, comfortable shave. If you've moved to a different razor after some experience, you might try revisiting these blades - they might surprise you. Plus, they're so cheap! These and Astra SP are my go-to, but I tend to favor the Derbys since they get me just a little smoother with fewer passes.