Just sharing my experience. SoTM Gilette Red Tip + Permasharp C.O Bigelow Shaving Cream Duke 3 Tabac AS Decided to change to RT after trying New LC for a week. The RT is as good or even better than the LC. The Closed Comb rather OC makes it more forgiving , maybe I'm used to the Slim Head that makes the shaving more confident/comfortable. No nicks . It is very smooth but aggressive enough. Both are great razors. Should get both of them Rating Aggro . New > RT Smoothness RT > New ( maybe I'm used to Slim head ) Efficient New > RT ( I can get DFS and DBS easier with New ) THX and DTS feedback New > RT ( Due to the nature of OC ) Does not affect shaving performance Maybe I should shave more to compare. Cheers.