This razor from D.R. Harris utilizes the same head as the Muhle R89 safety razor. I own both this razor and the R89, and I find that both provide similar, excellent results. My experience with this razor has led me to the conclusion that it is a well-built shaving tool that should last for many years, hopefully, a lifetime. While the handle of this razor is made of plastic, the overall appearance of this razor is truly a sight to behold. I believe any wet shaver who spends some quality time with this razor will ultimately be impressed. An additional note about the Muhle razor head: I have personally found the Muhle razor heads to be superior to the Merkur razor heads. Both perform well, but I always get better results with less irritation when I shave with a razor utilizing a Muhle razor head.