These are ridiculously sharp. Break-skin-without-applying-pressure sharp. I'm not a very aggressive shaver, so that's a benefit. I'm also lazy and don't like to spend a lot of time shaving, so these are great because they really only require a couple of passes. I was using the Gillette 7 O'Clock blades, graduating from Blacks to Yellows, but these Feathers are sharper still! They're not quite as smooth as the 7 O'Clock Blacks, but I'm done shaving so quickly it hardly matters. I have significantly less razor burn than I'm used to with the Gillette blades, too. I'm a fan for life.