Was using a pro glide fusion power prior, this was my first DE safety razor. I was nervous about cutting myself. I Used the Merkur blade that was included, and continued using them and have not had one problem. In fact, I have cut myself worse with the cheap single blade Bic disposables. At first I was real cautious, but after a few shaves with the Merkur blades, I am more comfortable with my 33c than I was with and disposable I ever used. Plus I get a much closer shave. My other choice was the 34c, but in the long run, I think I like the longer handle better. And I think it looks better. Good grip with soapy hands too!