I've used safety razors for over 50 years. After using the Parker Variant for over a month, I can say that it is the best safety razor I've ever used. I chose the graphite model as it most closely resembled the 1970s era Gillette "Super-84" Adjustable razor I used to use. But the resemblance ends with the color. At 110 grams, the Parker Variant is heavier than the 67 gm Gillette---allowing you to press less hard and letting the razor do more of the work. The longer handle provides more control than the Gillette Super Adjustable. Watch the 2 minute instructional video for the Parker Variant---it'll tell you all you need to know about using this great razor.