I started DE shaving only a month or so ago as no matter what cartridge razor and shaving gel I used every shave led to irritation and bad skin. In my trawl of the internet to find a solution I found a couple of forums that extolled the virtues of traditional shaving methods - I thought I would give it a go as it couldn't be any worse. Initially I was worried that I would hack my face to pieces, but that wasn't the case. I got a few nicks to start with but as my technique improved I have found the razor to give a smooth, close shave - and best of all irritation free! I now shave daily (when before I had to 'rest' my face once or twice a week to let irritation calm down) and the skin condition of my face has improved no end.