The Merkur 23C is a lovely razor. It has a long handle which I like, not because I have large hands but because I have been used to the Gillette Sensor Excel for many years. The handle is milled so has good grip when in use. I have been using this razor in conjunction with Wilkinson Sword blades and I am delighted with the results. A really good shave for about 12p a blade instead of £1.20.