Realistically, the Rolls Razor (and the other 'straight razor chunk on a stick' variants) are a bridge. DE's were not so much of a bridge as they were a completely different direction for shaving. The Rolls Razor, at the core, is a short section of straight razor that's intended to be used JUST like a straight razor. The improvement is that the honing and stropping mechanisms were built directly into the case so that the 'average Joe' no longer had to be an expert at honing and stropping to properly maintain the blade. They just had to follow directions. DE's, on the other hand, were designed to use a disposable (not intended for re-sharpening) blade (As were SE's). Because of this, Gillette designed to try to maintain the best angle for the _hand_, by altering the geometry of the very thin blade. @wchnu would know better, but to me, the angle of an SE is more uncomfortable than the angle of a DE. The difference? An SE blade is stiff, so it has to be held to mimic a straight. The DE is much thinner, so it can be flexed so that the angle is created by the cap, rather than the wrist. So, you have: Straight razors: Non-disposable, require hones and strops, along with practice to reuse. Good indefinitely if cared for. Rolls and other 'straight on a stick:. Non disposable, come with hones or strops, and require following directions to reuse. Good indefinitely if cared for. SE: Disposable 'straight on a stick' - good for several shaves with minimal maintenance. DE: Departure from the above - Disposable, but blade is flexed for the shaving angle, rather than adjusting the entire hand. Good for several shaves with minimal maintenance Cartridge (and 'bag of single use'): Disposable, blade is recessed and angled to give adequate shaves with minimal effort. Often only good for one shave. Impossible to maintain. So, I'd suggest that if you want aggressive without going straight into straights, try SE's, then get yourself a couple of Rolls Razor units so you have a good hone and strop, have someone here pre-hone it, and have fun. Then talk to @Bama Samurai about getting a pain stick.