This razor which looks to be mainly fashionable is remarkably effective. After finding the Merkur 34 and Feather AS to be too mild, I thought I would try an open comb. This Gladio never misses a spot, provides superb feedback, and feels great in the hand. It's quality of manufacture is outstanding for it's price. I should point out that Gladio is the model with the aluminum handle with vertical ribbing. It is the lightness of the aluminum that makes it's weight so ideal. I can not speak for the other handle with wrap around indents which is made of stainless steel.