I bought this razor around 18 months ago (from an English supplier) and have found it to be very stylish, quite heavy, and a joy to use. The weight means you don't need to press. You have to ensure you get the angle right with this razor, and I have a tendency to shave at too steep an angle which can cause dragging. But once the angle is right, the shave is very pleasant, so you may need a bit of practice. Ideally, use with a medium sharp blade. Feather razor blades may be too sharp for this razor, but Gillette 7 O'Clock blades work well, as do Wilkinson Sword Classic, and Personna Platinum 'red' label blades.