I just received this razor yesterday afternoon, and used it for the first time this morning. I have to say that this razor did an excellent job the first pass, I could not believe it. I thought my Variant was King until I shaved with this one. They are very close in excellent performance. I think this one shaves just a touch better because of the blade angle. I am impressed by the performance and forgiveness of this razor, there is no reason to feel intimidated by the blade angle it is designed spot on. The Variant is excellent because of head design and adjustability. I would recommend this razor to anyone even if you have never used a slant before, it is mild, but cuts very efficiently.