My Italian barber told me to try these and he was right. These are excellent blades. And if you do some homework, you will find out why. These are made in the Petersburg Products factory outside of Leningrad -- a joint venture between Proctor and Gamble and Leninetz, a Russian company. The SAME FACTORY makes some (but not all) of the Gillette double edged blades (Super Stanless; Platinum; maybe others), Permasharp blades, Iridium Super blades, Polsilver blades, and several other name brands. I have tried several of those and they all -- to me -- feel exactly the same! All excellent. I think only the packaging is different (does anyone have any different information?) They are all just SLIGHTLY less sharp than Feathers, but I find them all somewhat smoother (after the first shave, which is always is a "break in" shave for any new blade.) But, unlike the Feathers, I never nick or cut myself with these. I get a full week's worth of shaving with them ( I flip the blade upside down in my razor after 4 days). Anyone who gets fewer shaves probably is not preparing his face sufficiently ahead of time ( take 5 minutes and use lots of hot towels or hot water first, and maybe also a pre-shave balm like Proraso to soften the beard) OR has a particularly tough beard, OR just doesn't shave every day. Also, since the Astra blades are cheaper than the Gillette Super Stainless or Gillette Platinum blades-- and I think are absolutely identical since they are all made in the same factory -- why not go with the Astra? That's what i do, and I've been very happy.