Excellent review. I am almost in complete agreeance. I too am a straight razor shaver. I utilized my superspeed for the first shave because I did not want to attribute and possible irritation to the shave itself. No irritation. Beautifully smooth. I have the benefit of having a water softener and I feel this contributed to the lather as well. Shaves 2-4 have been with my straight razor and I can personally tell you the cushion, slickness, protection, and overall quality are exceptional. I have never used MdC but I would say my 0-10 scale would start at modern day Williams and end at SMdF. Best soap I have used to date. I do have a puck of Haslinger Schafmilch on the way and am excited to try that one as well.