I got two of these in a sample with a razor I purchased. Boy was I surprised when the blades were better than the razor! My standard procedure for testing a blade is letting my beard go for a day or two then shaving as I normally would. These blades out-performed my go-to blades, Merkur Super-Platinums, and ensured their spot on my top 10! No tug, very smooth, but they did nick me a few times. Overall a more than satisfactory blade!