I traded one of my Fatboys for a like new 39C Barber Pole Slant. Upon pulling it out of the box I was taken aback by just how mean this thing looks. I loaded up a new Feather blade (gulp) and after some hot towel prep and a thick layer of Mama Bears lather I took my first stroke. To my amazement this thing glided over my face as if on a cushion of air. First pass and no blood, hurray! Second pass and still no blood. Three passes without even a nick and surely one of the most comfortable shaves I ever experienced. Now I'm not saying that this razor is the most forgiving, I'm just saying that if given the proper respect along with proper prep, it can produce amazing shaves.