I've never owned any decent shaving razors, only disposables and a hand-me-down Remington Electric Shaver. I'm so glad I decided to purchase this razor. It is very nicely weighted, and the chrome is uniform all around. I'm still experimenting with which razor blades give me the best shave, so too soon to offer any insight there. I have no point of reference between a middle of the road safety razor, or a top of the line model. All I know is this is a very nice product, and it suits me. You could do a lot worse.