As a new DE shaver i've followed advice re trying out different razor and blade combos, though extremely limited so far. I began 3 weeks ago with a merkur futur and tried crystals and feathers. The feathers were fairly unforgiving causing some small cuts, bloodspots and weepers, however it was an extremely good shave. The Crystals were more forgiving, but required an extra pass compared to the feathers, they weren't up to my expectations and opened some fresh nicks, not they're fault , of course. Today i received an EJ DE89L, which I had ordered, well respected and reviewed on here and half the price. My expectations were high, it seemed a lighter and well balanced razor compared to the futur, and it was because of this that I assumed it would suit me more. First shave was tonight using a crystal blade and in my opinion I prefer the merkur however I will persist with the EJ and different blade combos, haven't dismissed it yet. It may come good, I hope.