Picked up a 2011 Mühle R41 a few months back out of curiosity mostly. I have used the 2013 version for a couple of years now and admittedly it had its own fairly steep learning curve. Fast forward and the new kid in my den comes off as a real bully. Blade exposure is wicked; even the corners of the blade show their fangs and are ready to pounce at the first sign of inattention. This sucker was tearing me up. Even though I now consider myself a seasoned wet shaver, I wasn't ready to blame my technique. To quote Alfred E. Neumann: "What me worry?" I tried different blades; different soaps; even bought a pre-shave oil...huh? Never use the stuff. Could NOT get a shave without drawing blood. Not a lot, but it was red all the same. But low and behold, my last two outings with this beast have resulted in...get ready...great shaves. No blood, no irritation, nothing. The moral of this story...and this is something you read all the time on TSD: Technique is King. It matters NOT what razor you are wielding, without the correct technique all is for naught. So if I may preach to the newcomers and returnees to DE shaving. Stop looking for the perfect tool and start developing the perfect technique. Thanks for reading.