This is a great forum--Iíve really enjoyed reading the threads and exploring the site. I got started DE shaving a couple of weeks ago. I guess itís a pretty typical story around here, the high price of Mach 3 and Quattro blades had me searching for refills on Amazon.com and I stumbled on a review that mentioned DE razors as being superior as well as cheaper. Before long I found myself here reading up on razors, brushes, etc. When I decided to buy a DE razor I was intending to get a Merkur HD, but the online salesperson I spoke to talked me into the Merkur Futur along with some Merkur blades. I started with that (seems best for me set at 1.5): Great close shaves and a lovely piece of equipment, but the head is so big, I find it really difficult to get under my nose and close to my ears at the temples. Pretty soon afterward I purchased a Feather Portable razor on eBay and was surprised to find that the combination of the included Feather blades and that lightweight (compared to the Futur) little razor gave me the best shaves so far. By then I had been following the forums here enough to get interested in a vintage Gillette. I found a decent deal on a Slim Adjustable and my last few shaves have been with that. For the past 3 or 4 shaves Iíve used Merkur and Feather blades with it at setting 3. Of my 3 razors, this is the one I want to like best since my Dad used one and taught me to shave with it back in the Ď70s, but I seem to have the most trouble getting a nick and scrape free shave with it. I just canít seem to feel the blade on my face like I can with the other 2 razors. Iíve been using it a setting 3 and have tried both Merkur and Feather blades with it, with pretty much the same results. Is this a question of technique and I just need more practice, or is the Slim just not suited to some faces? Is there a razor that some of you might recommend that has the qualities of the Feather Portable with perhaps a bit more heft and substance?