I borrowed my first slant bar?a Merkur 37c?and found it provided me with some of the closest shaves I've ever experienced. My preference is for larger, heftier razors so when it came came time to order my own, the 39c HD Long Handle Barber Pole Slant Bar was the ideal choice. One of the best decisions I've made with regards to shaving equipment! I get extremely close, comfortable shaves from the slant bar? no irritation, no nicks or cuts?just good prep and a light touch is all that is required. The razor is well-balanced. The long, textured handle fits my hand well and allows me to maintain a firm grip no matter how wet the process gets. I use this razor regularly, rotating it in with my other Merkur long-handle (38c). Great razor.