I have replaced the blades repeatedly, and even tried new, more expensive ones (Van der Hagen, instead of classic Wilkinson Sword, which always gave me skin like a baby's behind). However, every daily shave lately has ended with me grabbing one of my wife's disposables to finish the job, and what a job they do! Please don't suggest that I upgrade to some $75 handle and blades that cost as much as the rip-off cartridges from Gillette and others. Part of the beauty of safety razor shaving, for me, has always been achieving a "Wow! That's smooth!" shave for a few pennies a day. Unless you can convince me that handles costing more than the $20 I paid are more than just hype, I do not plan on upgrading the one I have (which I actually did recently by trading in my flea market-brand handle - the one with the guy from Pawn Stars on the package - for a $21 Van der Hagen, the only "brand name" razor handle the stores around here seem to sell. I ended up taking the Van der Hagen right back to the store. Also, suggestions about technique, unless specific to handles that have aged a bit, won't do me any good, as I have been getting clean shaves with the same exact handle, blades, and techniques for about 3-4 years now. Can somebody tell me what might be going on?