Note: I can't believe this the first review for this razor. If I am mistaken, please let me know so this review can go in the appropriate place. Thanks.
Let me start by saying I used Ted Pella GEM blades in this razor. I had previously tried a GEM with cheap store blades. The blades make a huge difference. If you try an SE, and everyone should, make sure you get the Pella Blades.
I started shaving with this a week ago, and am still amazed at how closely it shaves. Let's start with the audible feedback. There is a deeo, satisfying, sound as the razor cuts down the stubble. It is very reminiscent of the sound the barber's straight edge makes as it was used to trim the sideburns. Normally, I can never go more than 24 hours without having to shave again. With this razor, I can stretch that to almost two days, and back before I discovered wet shaving, I would get 5 O'Clock Shadown well before Noon.
Price: Excellent. These razors are generally under $15 and are built tough! You really can't go wrong at this price point, and they're US made as well.
Quality: They knew how to build them, back then. The intricate handle design and the razor head are solidly built and strong. They have outlasted several generations, and will outlast several more.
User Friendliness: This isn't like Unix - it's user friendly, just picky about who it likes. This razor is for everyone. Just rememeber the Cardinal Rule - No Pressure and your will be fine.
Grip: Even with wet hands, there is no problem holding on to the razor or maneuvering it.
Blade Replacement: It really can't get much easier to load a blade than this. The top flips, and you pop the old blade out, and the new blade in.
Aggressiveness: If one define's aggressiveness as the ability to slice through whiskers in a minimum of passes, then this is very aggressive. Two passes for a minimum DFS, Three for Guaranteed BBS.
Adjustability: This is not an adjustable, though the idea of an adjustable GEM is interresting. Therefore it is N/A
Balance: This razor is so well balanced it could be on the high wire.
This is simply outstanding razor and brings home the point of how important marketing is to any venture's success.