I am a newbie and have gotten better and better shaves as my blades have improved. I first started out with my new DE using Personna blades from Wal-mart. I didn't notice much of an improvement from my Bic disposable that I had been using for many years. I then got the sample pack and started out with what they call "red pack Personnas." Not much of a difference between them and the Wal-mart Personnas. I then went to Crystals. Yes I did notice an improvement. Not overwhelming, but a marked improvement. I still wanted more. Today I used the Gillette 7 o'clock blades (made in Russia) and Bam . . . there it was, the shave I was looking for. No tugging . . smooth. No irritation. I just wanted to share my upward evolution in blades and see if anyone else has had a similar experience.