Having always sat back on the expensive options I eventually thought bu**er it, the wife has just paid £160 for a haircut ( not for the first time ) and that will need doing again in 6 weeks! So what about a stainless , recommended , razor that will last my lifetime ( what is left ) and several others. ??? After MUCH research went for the Rockwell and to really get my own back on her ( not ) , got a stand to go with it. 1st outing - went reasonably safe I thought with an Astra SP and setting 3. 1st pass , did not reach for the excited man tissues but maybe also had too much pre shave on which is an ongoing fault of mine. 2nd pass, Mmmmmm, like this. 3rd pass / clean up. Yes . I DO like this razor. It is something about the weight which is in no way lacking and it OOOOOOOZES quality. Time will tell and I expect there is some experimenting to do here. Different blades, different 'settings'. That said, is it money well spent? Well NO, of course it is not . £125 for razor and stand is outrageous but hell , who cares. I can get a very nice shave with other equipment but ............................. life is short.