This is my first time using a straight razor on my legs, and the results were great! It is simple to use, and as long as I took my time, I did not feel in danger of cutting myself. The main reason I switched was to avoid landfill waste, but this is going to save me money on razors over the long run - very pleased. The blade quality seems great to me - I also bought a strop to maintain it. The handle is simple and functional, but basically black plastic. That was what I expected with the lower price - I didn't want to invest a lot of money not knowing whether or not this would work for me. Great first straight razor.