I see lots of reviews from men saying they're using a double edged razor for the first time: Just remember, it's not so much the razor, but the blade and how you handle the razor (shaver and blade). I'm 56 and have been using a DE since I was 18. A single edge is the best shave (like at the barber shop), but a DE gives you two of them in a "safety razor" handle. Don't use the blades longer than you should. </p><p>I have a heavy beard and I can get one shave from each side of a blade, even if I wait a couple of days. Longer than that and I'm cutting my own throat. At the first sign of 'pull', change the blade. You should know how many shaves you'll get from each blade and each side depending on your beard very quickly. What's all this about "aggressive razors and blades"? It depends on your aggression. All for now. Happy shaving and I hoped I helped a little.</p><p>PS: Don't get sucked into buying real expensive blades. Believe me, I've tried them all and none are better than the others after going through your beard. They last the same. If you get an extra shave or two (max!) is it worth paying four or five times the money? Nah. Try Wilkinson Sword Blades (made in England), they are one of the least expensive name brands that offer a quality product. You'll be happily surprised and I rarely champion a product, it's what I buy.