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Great intro to double-edged razors!,
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I'm new to DE shaving; after reading and searching at length, I decided on this razor as my first. Coming from a mach 3, I was looking for a closer, less irritating shave. Even after a very short time, it's clear that this razor delivers on both of those.
While that's partially due to the blade (I'm using Merkur blades, nothing fancy), the fact that the razor itself is very solid and well-built helps considerably. The handle unscrews from the head to sandwich the blade -- i.e. there are no screws to worry about, and the way the razor is built helps ensure the blade is securely in place.
I did not stop to ponder the fact that 'long handled' means four inches long... if you're used to the handles on typical cartridge shavers, going with this option will be a good thing, as even the long handle feels pretty short.
The only thing I may have done differently given what I know now is going with a heavier razor; however, I am very happy with this one, and intend to continue using it indefinitely.
One aside: Before judging any razor, study up on creating a good lather! It's perhaps the most important part of a DE shave.