That specific TI razor gives the most bang for the buck I know of when it comes to modern razors. Unfortunately I was so happy about it that I ended up getting two more of the same blade but in grander configurations... and a higher cost. Well unlike good wine a good razor will last you more than a lifetime.The biggest challenge with new razors is the lack of selection. For example, I do not know of any new near wedges that do not require a custom order. Are new razors good? Absolutely, my TI Basic Black 7/8 with thumb notch shaves as well as any of my vintage full hollows. And if you are patient, you can't beat the price of vintage razors, especially if you are willing to learn to sand/steel wool blades and set bevels.