I've been using a DE for 10 years (minus a small affair with Injector for about 6 months)... I've never tried a slant razor, as my skin is fairly sensitive. I have used open combs, and while I will say I got a little burn from them, they never butchered my face.... The appeal of the slant for me is that my facial hair is quite coarse. I've tried to compensate for this with sharper blades (like Feathers) but they tend to irritate my face more. For reference I am currently using the Merkur HD 34C w/ Treet Platinums. I get good results with it, and I am not unhappy with the shave at all. I guess I am just searching for that last 5% of Nirvana.... So will a slant work out well for me? Or I am inviting trouble?