Pros: Overall Quality
I grew up shaving using modern, multi-blade razors and had never tried an old-fashioned one like this. My main perk at looking at one of these was that I wanted more affordable refills, as other name brands can be pricey.Overall, I am pleased with this razor. It is taking a little getting-used-to, but it does the job. I really have only two gripes, which is why I gave it 4 / 5: 1) it seems like I have to take some extra strokes to get as even of a shave (I guess that's the difference between one blade and five blades in a single pass?), and 2) it's a little harder to reach tight areas, like directly under the nasal septum, as the safety-head on this makes tight access a little more difficult.The cons aside, though: this handle has a nice weight to it, and is easy to operate for changing blades and during shaving. Since I have slightly longer fingers and larger palms, I think that this 4" variety works better for me than the 3" variety. My current shave gel worked fine. And although I had to take, say, four passes instead of two, I had equal closeness and results. After my first use, I let my wife caress my cheek, and she commented that she couldn't tell any difference in quality versus my old multi-blade razor.