As I said before, swapping out the top plate from an old Gillette Tech onto the Ikon kept the blade perfectly straight. Also I can plainly see the whole top plate is warped & if I'm afraid to trust my own eyes I can hold a straight edge to it & confirm the warp. Looking at the reviews, it appears that some people have had better experiences than I have, but the fact remains that this was a replacement plate sent from the guy who supposedly makes them. The only conclusion I can draw is that he either doesn't know what he's doing, or doesn't care. If he expects we customers to help out with trial & error/research & development, etc then he shouldn't be charging us 65 bucks for the privilege.