Loaded it up in my trusty EJ89 and lathered up with some TOBS cream. Shave was one of the closest I've gotten, but I can't say the blade was smooth. Didn't tug, but there was noticeable resistance as I cut through my beard.
Others have commented that these blades are smooth. What might I be doing wrong or should I consider using this in combination with another razor? This just might be a case where YMMV. Then again, it was a first go and the experience can always get better.