So, I've been dropping hints like crazy for a Merkur HD (my first DE razor) for Xmas, but in the mean time, I've been looking for a less expensive alternative to my Gillette Fusion. As the title states, I'm new to all these different shaving options, and since I've been shaving, I bowed to the Marketing Gods and bought the latest shaving technology available. So in my quest to try something "new" and save a little money at the same time, I dropped $5.00 on the Wilkinson Sword Tech 3 and I hate it. No matter how I shave, it just doesn't get as close as the Fusion. As you all know, the Atra and Trac II blades are very popular, but I can't find handles for them anywhere. I've checked eBay, and they seem to be going for more than the Merkur HD. Can you guys point me to a decent handle? It doesn't even have to be original, but I would like it to comfortable. That is one thing I like about the Tech 3, is the weight and style. Its heavier than my Fusion, and isn't painted like a low rider. Oh, any thoughts on the Vector Plus? Those seem to cheaper and hold an Atra blade/cartridge? Thanks!