My first safety razor purchase ever. I'm 36 years old and have always used the latest most expensive razor by Gillette. Mach 3, fusion, then the Proglide. This Merkur 34c has a perfect feel in the hand, great weight and balance, and simple smooth blade change. So far I've tried the Merkur blade that came with it, feather, and the Gillette silver blue blades. They have all worked great, but the Merkur blade seemed to be the sharpest of all I've tried so far. You will not be disappointed in this safety razor.