I am not sure why, but I have always loved the design of the Schick Platinum DE razor. Recently I saw this Astra 501 on ebay Argentina, and decided I had to have it. I hadn't seen one previously, so I wanted to share some pictures. These are side by side pictures with a Schick Platinum. Notice a couple distinct differences. First, the knurling is different, but more importantly, the safety bar is different. The Astra is almost like an open comb. No idea why they did plastic end caps on the Astra. And finally, a photo of my unhealthy obsession. The top one in the Schick case came in that case, but it isn't labeled Schick on the razor, and is kind of sloppy. I am not sure if it was a prototype, or a bad Russian knock off.