Finally pulled the trigger and got one after obsessing and "stalking" this razor on the net. After using it for a little over a month, I am very happy with the purchase. Some observations: Using a Feather blade with this razor one quickly sees how this is a natural pairing. However, I had to adjust to the blade angle required with this razor, so I actually did get a few weepers despite this being a mild razor. The Feather blade even in this razor has to be respected. I've tried Personna Super Blues (Labs) and they perform incredibly in this razor. Perhaps the best I've used so far. As mentioned, I went through a learning curve with the Feather blade so I'll have to go back and give them a try now that I've dialed in the proper blade angle. Gillette Silver Blues are almost as good as the Personna's in this razor and will definitely be in the rotation. One blade which was especially good in this razor was Kai. They are exceptionally sharp and I find them a bit smoother than Feather's not as much harshness on my skin. Up this week, I'm trying a vintage Gillette Platinum Plus blade. These have always worked well in my Super Speeds and my Tech. Looking forward to a good couple of weeks of shaving because these blades usually last me two weeks at least. Overall, the AS-D2 is a great razor for me, it performs a bit better than my former favorite, the '51 Tech. My thanks to all the new niche makers of stainless steel razors who have created competition with the AS-D2 and thereby lowered the price enough for me to pull the trigger. I may show my appreciation some day by buying one of theirs.