I was attracted to this razor by its classic style and reasonable price for what I expected would be another quality product from Merkur. I was not disappointed. Its compact size and price might lead one to think that this is a “cheap” razor, but it is a worthy companion for its bigger and pricier siblings. Some of the other reviewers have called this a “mild” razor, and I believe that is the best way to describe its performance and light but well-balanced feel. I also found, as did some others, that its lighter weight persuaded me to use just a little more pressure than usual to get a nice close shave with my favorite Astra blade – but without nicks, cuts or irritation. I agree that some folks might find that the texture of the handle makes it a little harder to grip with wet hands, but this razor fits my hand pretty well and it really wasn’t a problem for me. The overall fit and finish of this product are what you would expect from a quality manufacturer like Merkur, which makes it an even greater value. I cannot say that this little beauty will replace my hefty Merkur 34C or my elegant Edwin Jagger Knurled Chrome “Extra Grip” DE, but it will enjoy a permanent place in my rotation. Whether you are new to DE shaving or just want an inexpensive, quality safety razor that recalls the beauty and style of a classic Gillette from a bygone era, you can’t go wrong with this one.