Let's just say I'm of an age to be identified as a vintage guy. My first shaving tools were a new Gillette Slim and Ever-Ready 750 Brush, an Old Spice shave mug and soap. I started using cartridge razors almost 40 years ago (I think - my memory is a little foggy on that point). I got back into DE wet shaving more than three weeks ago. Did some internet research on the various shave sites. Went to the junk shops and got a cracking' good deal on a 1934-35 Gillette New (Red & Black Edition) and a 1946-47 Aristocrat. Cleaned/sanitized them and now I've just about got the technique down for a no irritation bloodless BBS shave (with the aid from Noxema as a preshave and Nivea Sensitive after shave. Still ever so slightly prickly with the alum stone. Also, I'm using Astra SP blades and B&M soap. Love that Seville. Oh, and I restored my original brush (wish I could find my old slim). The Gillette New started out of the gate very fast but I got some irritation and weepers (styptic ="ouch that stings") I'm now shaving with it almost irritation free and only one itsy bitsy weeper now and again. The Aristocrat gives me as good a result as the New and no irritation or blood of any kind. With both tools it seems that, with a new blade, I stand a better chance of blood and irritation (stand to reason). The Aristocrat wins on comfort overall. However, for some strange reason I keep getting drawn back to the New. Old age schizophrenia or a lust for self sacrifice? The journey continues.