tried nearly all of them. these are amongst the top few. For me: these are sharp and need more concentration, but you get double the life. i like wilkinson swords [now made in Germany] as they are less aggressive, but do a good job i don't use the now Ruskie owned Gillette. Using a great Italian Open Blade Razor allows me to shave a week or two's groth, quite simply. the other closed blade razors are more suited for day to day shaving, but they get clogged up if you have a week old beard to shave clean. recommended, but take it easy. Let the razors weight shave you, not your arm muscles and you will be fine with these.