I have been DE shaving for about 5 or 6 weeks now and have been going back and forth between the Merkur 34C and a few vintage Techs. I have tried the Techs with the vintage Fat handle, ball end handle and a new SS iKon Bulldog handle. I seem to get less irritation and a closer shave with the Merkur 34C every time. For some reason, I just can't seem to work the Tech just right. I have mainly been using Astra SP blades after moving on from the Merkurs. Why is this? Is the Tech so mild that the "angle" must be perfect to get a close shave? I really want to make the "vintage" work but I keep going back to the modern one for the better shave.