I keep hearing of a common issue with the blade not lining up evenly on both sides. I noticed that issue right away. However, I discovered that if you grasp the blade with the thumb and forefinger at the edges and "pull" the blade all the way up into the curvature of the head and maintain that pressure as you install the head to the body, the blade lines up perfectly on both sides. Offset of either side is due to improper installation of the blade. Not everyone is mechanically minded like I am, so I think that if this issue were addressed with the instructions, you will find this to be a very good piece of machinery. As far as the person who reported flaking of the chrome, I would say, send it back and get a replacement. The only issue that I have with this razor is that it is difficult to get those two spots right under the nose. The head is a little too thick for that to be easy. Remedy, use your other hand and "lift" your nose and it works. A non adjustable has a thinner head and makes it much easier to get under the nose. It's a trade off. Personally, I love my Progress razor. Some parts of my face require a more aggressive angle and my neck likes a less aggressive angle. Some people may complain of the weight of this razor. Give it some time and you will come to enjoy the weight of it. I let the weight of the razor do the job instead of having to apply more pressure. OK, the gradient measurement may not be perfect from one model to the next, but once you figure out your razor, you won't have any problem. A good analogy: even an experienced motorcycle rider will find that they have to learn each and every bike differently. I say, buy it ! I have never, ever nicked or cut my skin with this razor. OK, sometimes an unforeseen whitehead pimple might get "sliced off", but that happens with any razor. I do not suggest this razor for ladies shaving their legs. Get her a mild angle non adjustable for that.