I figured the best way to compare the shave of the Cooper Monobilt was to put it against a peer it would have been competing against for sales so I used a 34 - 35 open comb TTO Gillette Aristocrat. So after 3 shaves the verdict is in. The Cooper outperforms the 34 - 35 Aristocrat. The shaves were closer for 5 pass shaves and longer return growth time for all 3 shaves with a blade at different levels of sharpness. The Monobilt has lots of blade exposure but shaves more like a mild razor then aggressive as long as you pay attention to what you are doing. The 34 - 35 Aristocrat is a lot more milder than a Monobilt on all accounts. With that said it is one of the closest non-adjustable TTO Gillette shavers you can get. There are only 2 I've used that shave closer, more on that below. I'd like to give points to the Aristocrat for less burn after the shave but a vinegar splash neutralizes that advantage that a milder razor should have. Does the Cooper beat the whole Gillette TTO lineup the answer is no. The Gillette Diplomat holds it own against a Cooper even though it can be a face ripper at times where as the Monobilt isn't. Even though the Cooper has more blade exposure aggression wise they are pretty evenly matched up. It is too close for me to call it. The 47 - 50 NDC notched Aristocrat is the one razor the Cooper loses to. It may shave smoother but not closer than this Aristocrat. With that said the Cooper is a keeper and from a preference standpoint I like the Cooper better since I can shave it faster with less irritation, nicks and cuts than the 47 - 50 NDC Aristocrat.