My initially tricky transition to DE razor shaving has produced an interesting quirk! Having found holding the razor so awkward on the very first go-around (particularly in the case of the 34C's short handle), not only do I have more confidence holding it now but I've actually found manoeuvring on the against the grain pass way easier than with my regular Gillette cartridge! I don't know if that's just unique to the psychology in my own learning curve or maybe it has something to do with this traditional fixed razor head where one must train oneself to already find the angle, eventually making things easier than the wide, pivoting, downward designed paddle of a cartridge head put dragged into reverse. But whatever it is I've never enjoyed going against the grain until now. And the result feels noticeably smoother too, whereas with a cartridge it just felt like a pointless, painful additional pass. One more plus on top of the nicer shaving cream I can chalk up to switching.