This is the only razor that I have not been able to get equal blade exposure on both sides of the head. A number of my razors need a little help in doing this but the Variant will not allow it. It looks as though the center screw in the top plate is slightly lager than the two side studs and stops the blade from shifting to one side so as not to allow the proper setup. Some people may not notice it or it could be a defect with the one I received. It’s too bad because I like the razor otherwise. I like some of the improvements that were made over the Merkur Progress which is my second favorite razor. Unfortunately I won’t be using the Variant because the blade exposure issue is something I don’t care to work with.