I have been using Mercur blades for all the time I've been wet shaving - then I got a pack of the Astra blades as a sample from West Coast Shaving to try them out. Let me say that they are awesome. Lighter then Mercur, no cuts or razor burn at all since using them, glides through my beard and close, close, close. As someone who recommends wet shaving often, I recommend giving Astra's a try. You may be as surprised as I was.