The blade seemed the same as other 6/8 the Dovo I bought 3 years ago, even though it was half hollow. Shaves great, came with a good edge. However, there was some rust stain left on the blade from finish hone. This cleaned off with some gun solvent and 0000 steel wool. Still a great shaving blade. I'm new to straight razors, thus I'm not sure what the difference is between the $100 blade compared to the $400+ blade. Only other thing that might be good to have is the SS Dovo blade at the $200 range.