Being Greek I don't have the best opinion about Greek manufacturing (although I don't suppose being foreign would change that opinion), so I avoided Astors, the only widely available blades in Greece and I was ordering my blades from a specialist shop at the other side of the city. I decided to give them a go after a recommendation by a friend. Now I rarely use Feathers and my daily choice is Astor. I have a really rough beard and I need a very sharp razor to go through it with no pull, Astra, Persona, Derby, Gillete 7, was no good for me, Feather was great but I had to be really careful with my angle, any slip-up and I would get razor burn. Astor blades on the other hand, I find give me an equally close shave and are very forgiving when my angle goes off in the awkward areas below the chin etc. They may not be as long lasting as feathers but they are much cheaper.