The DE I purchased through eBay arrived yesterday. I tried a DE many years ago, during my duty in the Navy, but don't remember much about it (the razor, not the Navy). I carefully opened the package to reveal a 1969 vintage Gillette Tech that was obviously well taken care of. A little cleaning with toothpaste and some Flitz metal polish had it looking like new! The handle is aluminum, so the razor isn't all that heavy. Also, the handle isn't knurled in the same fashion as in the photos I've seen. The knurling sort of spirals around the handle in bands.
This morning I popped in a Dollar General Israeli blade and tried 'er out. I finished my shower and lathered up using my Van Der Hagen soap and brush. After allowing the lather to soak in, I put the Tech to my cheek and began a downward stroke, nice and slow. I could hear the razor cutting, but felt no friction. Simply put, I got a good shave without even one knick. I probably need to work on my technique, primarily the blade angle. Although my cheeks were shaved smooth, a little stubble remained on my neck. I don't think it's matter of the razor being too mild or the blade not being sharp enough. Hey! It's my first DE shave in a long time!
I'll be glad to ditch those expensive proprietary cartridges. I can hardly wait to shave again in the morning!