I bought a Merkur C33 back in June 2012 after using carts & disposables for the past 30 years or so. I learned to shave with my late Dads Gillette Blue tip back in the middle 70s. The C33 was a little too mild for me, so I picked up an Edwin Jagger DE89 and used that for about a year, I bought a Weber Bulldog handle and I liked the way it worked, but I thought I needed something a little more aggressive. I bought a Cadet TP26 open comb and that was closer to getting the shave I wanted. Ive read many posts about the R41 and that its not for everyone. When they changed it and the posts about the 2013 version started, I thought I might just get one. If it didnt work out, I could always sell it. I have had the 2013 R41 for about 3 weeks, I used the standard handle until today with 7 OClock yellows, Supermax Stainless and Super Platinums and have gotten the best shaves I have ever had. My neck was a little sore at night (I shave in the morning) for the first few days. I would guess my skin had to adjust to the new razor. The one thing is how long the shave lasts, I can rub my face at 9PM after shaving at 7AM and its still pretty smooth and the amazing thing is I have not had any cuts, nicks or weepers! Now I am going to try different blades to see which one gives me the smoothest and closest shave. I have found the razor for me and have no desire to look any further (I know thats what they all say!). I will need to shave with the combination of 2013 R41 and the Weber handle for a few weeks to see how that goes, but after today, I like the heaver weight and grip of the Weber handle. Since the Weber is heavier than the stock handle, it just takes a little pressure to get razor to glide across my beard. I am one happy camper with the R41!