I have been DE shaving for about 2-1/2 yrs and started because of the ever escaleting high price for fusion blades and what I felt was limited choice as a consumer when it came to mens shaving, that is until I researched DE shaving and all the options with blade choices to the actual DE razors that are available. My choice when I started was a Parker 89R. The reason at that time was basically it was under $30 shipped and I did not want to spend a great deal of money until I knew DE shaving was for me. Well, I am still DE shaving and have not up graded to any other DE razor at this time. The 89R has worked very well, it gives me a very smooth shave but it might seem aggressive to others. I have considered getting an EJ89L, however they appear to have similar shaving heads and I am not sure if I would experience anymore benefit in terms of a better shave with this razor. I have also considered getting a Merkur 37C slant in hopes of a closer shave or the Merkur adjustable progress. Probably wait till late fall if I make a purchase just because it is hot and dry here in North Texas and the AC bill demands a great deal of attention. My Parker 89R has a nice finish and the blade gap I have learned can be adjusted some what for aggressive or mild depending on how much I tighten down the razor head when I twist it on. I enjoy having the opportunity to select a different blade when I feel the need which before DE shaving I really had no freedom to choose. A few blades that have stood out have been the Shark Super Chrome (maybe my favorite), Gillette 7 O'Clock Yellows, Super Iridiums and Derby Extra. I loaded the razor with the Personna Platinum Reds this week. I have had one shave and have been pleased will no more after the second and third shave. I know there are alot of great razors out there for people to purchase and I just wanted to give my limited experience with the one I chose when I first started shaving. I have attached a photo of my little shaving items ... its not much compared to many here, but it does not mean I have not had to fight the urge to increase my shaving collection. I hope everyone has a great weekend with great shaves to boot.