For background, I own/use quite a few razors... from vintage Gillettes to Fatip, Rex Envoy, Timeless .68, etc. I own three Parkers, a 24c open comb, 87r TTO and this 97r. The OC is actually the mildest, then the 87r followed by the 97r being the most aggresive of the three. This one has quickly become one of my favorites. The blade has perfect alignment on assembly, no fiddling about. Blade reveal is spot on. I have fine whiskers plus old, sensitive skin and I get a super smooth shave with two passes using perma-super sharps. Skin feels great afterwards. The weight seems ideal and I prefer the shorter handles like this classic. The plating on mine was unblemished and I consider the 97r a bargain for the asking price. I love this razor, just wish it had a barber pole handle but that's just personal preference in the looks department and a mere nitpick.