I'm working my way through a pile of open comb razors that Rodd sent me to test. Mostly Gillette's if memory serves. I must say I am impressed with the closeness of the shave I'm getting. I haven't used them all yet, but those I have are among the most aggressive razors I've tried. I didn't fully appreciate what that term "aggressive" meant until now. I've used a Merkur long handle, a Gillette SS and a Merkur Slant. We always talk about no pressure, but in fact I have always applied a light pressure to achieve best results. I am now truly applying no pressure with these open combs. The blade rides so much closer to the skin and really seems to take down the whiskers in fewer passes. Needless to say I like it. I'm closer to BBS in fewer passes than ever before. I wouldn't have thought an open comb vs. a straight bar would make much of a difference. I was wrong. If you get a chance try one out and see what you think. Thanks Rodd!