I didn't rate the lasting edge, smoothness and ease of maintenance so disregard. I was very happy with every aspect of this razor but the edge itself. The bevel was uneven and it was simply not sharp. It felt remarkably smooth, but on the 2nd pass (I get BBS with my Wade and Butcher with 2 passes), I was not happy with the results. Thankfully, I hone my own razors, and I think after I sharpen the Robert Williams, it will be and astounding shaver. This is my first 7/8 razor, and I love the heft. Some say that large blades are hard to navigate on the face, but this was not true for me...there was no change in technique from my smaller razors. I would recommend Mr. Williams razors, but you may have to sharpen it, if you have the same luck that I did. I just honed it, and will retry tonight...will post results. Happy shaves.