I guess the issue boils down to skin type and sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin and develop nicks and cuts with "aggressive razors" after a long time of developing good technique, then the issue of investing in an R-41 simply goes away. If you are the type that cranks a Slim or Fatboy to 9 and wishes there was an 11 because your skin can handle the razor, then you really should get the R-41. Love or hate really should have no bearing since it is a beautiful functional razor. The real question is do I buy it or not buy it. Your skin should be the true determiner of whether you pull the trigger. Now as to Soul Razors, I thought you had unearthed an old James Brown, Curtis Mayfield or Issac Hayes song from somewhere!