I personally got into wet-shaving whit the Merkur 1904. In fact i first bought it because he was the cheaper in all the Merkur's available. I heard it was a classical razor that was very apparent to those available in the early 1900's so i ordered one and gave it a try. In fact its a very good razor, and a good looking one.If u start shaving whit a DE and u don't know the technique its a good razor to learn. But as i got a bit of skills i found that for myself, having a heavy beard, it was not enough agressive. The main problem i found whit that razor was that he is too light, it's hard to put no pressure on it. Other negative point would be the size of the handle witch is very short, and the closer the handle the more u are tempt to put pressure. But in overall i would say it's a good razor to keep in the rotation, easy to use, and for those with lighter beard it's the perfect one.