Price: Since these wonders are no longer available new, one must resort to on-line auction, antique store, flea market, or estate sale to locate one. I was fortunate enough to win this razor on ebay for under $30 with shipping included. The good deals are out there, you just have to be patient.
Quality: This razor was made to last. I am, at least, the second owner of this tool, and other than some minor wear marks, it is still in remarkable condition.
User Friendly: The only non-friendly aspect of this razor, is the fact that the blade exposure is mildly different on the two sides. I realize that this is not uncommon amongst adjustables, but I still refuse to accept that it is necessary.
Grip: Like its cousin the Merkur HD, this razor has a textured pommel and handle. This makes handling easy in all phases of the shave.
Ease of Blade Replacement: The "Butterfly Door" is the mother of blade replacement options. It is both safe and simple and it adds that little touch of hi-tech that can get a man all steamy in the boxers.
Aggressiveness: This is my one true gripe about this razor. When blade exposure is high enough to get a bbs shave, the laceration potential is at an unacceptable high.
Adjustability: Simple and safe. Gillette reached the pinnacle of their creative prowess (not to be confused with BS prowess) when they designed this razor.
Balance: The balance of this razor is very nice. The "Butterfly" head adds a little too much weight up top or the balance would be flawless.
Overall Quality: This is a good razor that was built to last. There are a few blemishes in overall performance of this razor that prevent it from being my favorite, however, I still like to use it on occasion. It provides a quality shave. I would recommend this razor to anyone who wishes to sample a little piece of the past and is willing to give up a small amount of performance in order to do so. Best of all, when not in use, this razor looks beautiful in the collection.