After being annoyed at the 'modern' plastic razors with there obscenely overprices blades, I'd decided to return to the standard safety razor that I started with when I was a teenager. What a delightful change 'back to the future' it has been!
This Merkur is solid, balanced and is very comfortable to use. When I was using safety razors I'd always had a butterfly style but I much prefer this sturdy screwing handle/head design! The blade is held precisely as intended in the razor.
My first shave with the Merkur felt as a shave should. A feeling I've not had since moving away from the safety razor decades ago. I shall never go back to the substandard, overpriced, PR'ed multi bladed, plastic so called 'modern' razor again!
Reganal Perrin who worked at 'Groomtech' (see bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k6pkz for reference) was right. Groomtech's 10 blade razor isn't possible and, if it were, it wouldn't provide a better shave.
In my experience using a safety razor requires very little change in shaving technique than a 'modern' plastic razor. I say this in light of the fact I've not used a safety razor for more than 30 years until using this Merkur.
Those who have never experienced the satisfaction of a razor such as on this site, I can recommend giving it a go if you're in anyway interested. Chances are you will stick with the classic, precise, ecological and cost effective safety razor.