got a new improved big fellow last week, cleaned it up over the weekend and took it for a test shave last night. incredible razor, thought it had a little more forgiving blade angle than the NEW, but the pretty much the same razor. the only difference is the weight/length of the handle, which i found much better than my ball handle NEW. i also found it easier to load a blade since you can put the head on the table, then place the rest of the razor over it to tighten (if that makes sense). great razor, glad i finally founda new improved, and even more excited it was a big fellow!