The Merkur 34C (or, HD etc.) is rightly regarded as something of a standard among the razors that are available today. I like my silver model so much that I bought a gold one too--really just because I like the 34C/HD. This razor obviously (read the reviews) pleases a lot of people; nevertheless, not every one. I personally like the thicker, shorter handle. It makes finding a balance point on up the handle toward the head of the razor easier for me, given the way I like to hold any razor. I also find the texturing of the handle assuring. Some razors worry me the whole time I am shaving, because they feel as if they are about to twist some way that will end up with me getting cut. That's not the case with the 34C's handle. And, I like the weight of the razor. It's not called "Heavy Duty" for nothing. It is heavy by comparison to most DE razors. I find that used the right way, the weight allows me to shave with less manually applied pressure. I like that feeling--but everyone may not. Someone coming over to the HD from using a multi-blade completely disposable or throwaway head razor might find the light touch peculiar. At first it certainly is easy to apply too much pressure, which can produce all kinds of odd effects, many unpleasant. he razor is obviously a Merkur, and I find that it requires holding at an angle similar to other Merkur two-piece razors, say, like the 1904. I had to get used to this kind of razor at first, because I had been using other brands, such as Feather, Gillette (Fat Boy and Thin), PILS, and even the Merkur Futur and Vision. I may be strange, but I like to shave in rotations--brushes, soaps and creams, and razors. The rotations are each systematic but separate (razor, brush, cream or soap), and this produces lots of different combinations in the mornings. Maybe it's silly, but I find it to be interesting and fun first thing in the morning. When I see one of my two 34Cs coming up in the razor rotation, I find that I look forward to using them. I wouldn't say that the HDs are my very favorite razors. That accolade goes to a Gillette Fat Boy that belonged to my father and that I watched him used during my whole childhood and youth. It is probably purely sentiment that makes this one my favorite razor. After this particular Fat Boy, another Fat Boy and my two HDs come in a close second. Finally, all of that ramble is to say this: I like the Merkur 34C a lot. It's shape and weight are probably not for everyone, but if someone will give it a little time, in order to get the hang of holding it, applying pressure, and finding the right angle, it could be a razor for just about anyone. The scores that are recorded by reviewers tell the story of the HD's popularity, but even so, no razor is for everyone. But, I belong to the crowd of fellows who really like this one.