It took me four shaves before I managed not to nick myself. The razor is fairly aggressive but I learned in the process about doing more beard prep (coarse beard) with hot water and using some shaving cream I got for a present. I tried a safety razor to cut down on plastic use and hope to be able to get by with inexpensive shaving soap. I like the long handle since I have really big hands and the quality seems very good. I will stick with it.