This is my first time in quite some time using a safety razor. The razor feels very good in the hand and does an excellent job shaving. The is the first razor I have used where I can go against the hair for a very close shave and not have skin irritation. I would highly recommend the Merkur 42C. Doing business with New England Shaving Company has been one of the most pleasant experiences I have in a long time. I will continue to be a customer.