I am new to de's and started with my Dad's gillette black beauty and then bought my first, a EJ89 Barley which I have enjoyed. I have considered getting a Merkur 39C Slant but am wondering is there that much of a difference in the various de's? I mean you can only get so close of a shave, right? Have you had noticeable different shaves, enough to warrant the money spent searching or is it more of a hobby? I am enjoying trying various creams, etc. but just not sure about investing the money in the razors when what drew me to use them was the savings as well as the enjoyable experience each morning of what used to be just something like a burden to get through.