Brought mine just before Christmas, together with the selection pack of blades. As a first time DE razor user, the weight and short handle felt particularly unusual, and a little intimidating, but a few shaves in, that disappeared. It feels more natural than cartridge razors now. The difference between blades, superficially identical, is astounding. If you're having trouble getting settled with a DE razor, try a different blade as the first change. One criticism, which won't affect most, I suspect, is that I find the handle too short when shaving my head, so use my otherwise abandoned cartridge razor for that. Again, with others, the service from the Traditional Shaving Company, I have found excellent, and will happily recommend their site, and services, to others.