Last night I tried something different. I put a blade made in Israel, a Super Platinum blade. I lathered up, as normal, and shaved my lips and chin and right side of my face with the Gillette TTO (Twist To Open) razor I bought at an antique store for $5.00. I even went down under my chin past my Adam's Apple with the DE, and I also went against the grain on the first pass when I shaved down with the DE instead of going up with the lay of the whiskers on the right neck. Left side I used the Solingen new razor, the GOTTA 120 Super Fine straight. I was shocked!! It was like I wasn't shaving at all on the right side with the Gillette DE razor. I felt the skin after making a couple of passes and couldn't believe how smooth the skin felt. Only took about 2 minutes to do the right side, maybe even less than that. The straight on the left side was very felt, kind of dragging a bit but did cut a fairly nice job when done with the second pass. It was a comfort level of 3 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most comfortable. The DE Gillette on the right was a 10 for comfort. It simply beat the straight hands down for comfort, speed and closeness of cut. No razor burn, no issues at all, and still feeling it now as I type and cannot believe it! I started out with a DE back when I first started shaving and got away from it eventually. That was back in 1968 ish, over 40 years ago. I have mostly wet shaved in all those 40 years but soon went to disposable about in 1977 or so. So, it was not like I'm a newbie with shaving with them. It all came back. Either my razors are not as sharp as they should be, or those Israeli blades are wicked sharp, or the way that the razor bends the blade is just right to get a superior job done. The Gillette is a all chrome model with a silo or TTO top and date code of D 1.