Hello, i have been seeing more topics coming up about SE razors recently and the vast majority of positive reviewers seem to have been through all types of razors...Cartridge,DE,Straight,SE and it seems a common point among them is that SE razors give as good a shave as a straight and better than a DE. Right now im using a merkur slant with feather blades, and while i get close shaves and my face looks much better overall than when i used to use cartridges, but i still think it is not as close as i would like or it should be. If i run my finger across my face with a little pressure and going ATG after a shave with a DE there is still some slight stubble which is also visible..little specks of black hair follicles. Now i would say my technique is fine as my shaves have improved dramatically since i first started over 6 months ago, but now i want to try an SE to see if i can finally get that little bit closer. I was wanting to hear from members who are relatively new to wet shaving like myself, started with DE and moved to SE and have not looked back...wondering if the shaves truly are closer and if it is a wise investment to make.