I wanted this razor for a long time, but all of the reviews I've seen said it was too mild. Well, I decided to risk it and picked one up last summer. I have been using this razor couple of times a week since July, so I feel that I have given it a fair shake. That being said, I will probably retire it soon (read on to see why!)
I'm happy to say that I find it to be less mild than others seem to. Definitely more aggressive than a Tech, and you can get a good shave out of it. The balance is OK, a little handle-heavy since the head is made of a much lighter material than the stainless steel handle. I find the grip to be acceptable even though the handle is mostly smooth, but the small ridges work well.
The things I don't like about it are fairly basic: the price and the quality. First, I want to say that I'm glad to see that people are designing and manufacturing new razors in these days of multi-bladed monstrosities.
However, these things cost around $55 US and I believe they're overpriced. I find the QC was definitely lacking in the one I have. The head is poorly shaped, with one side shorter than the other, and the edge is quite crooked and tapered off. Getting a blade installed straight is impossible. I can still shave with it as long as I keep in mind that the blade is crooked. The bottom line is that I would expect a much better head at this price point, even without the flaws. It's so light that it feels flimsy and cheap.
I have a Muhle R-89 (the old version) that is physically flawless in every detail. Every part is heavy and solid, and you get a feeling of quality holding it in your hand that you don't get from the Goodfella. Plus it cost less than the Goodfella. I believe that if this razor's head was redesigned to use good heavy plated brass instead of Zamac or chromed plastic or whatever it is, and if the QC was stepped up a notch, they would have a winner.