If you are on a shoestring or simply want to practice looking super cool, this one is for you. I have shaved with this razor, but it is a far cry from the best shave I have ever had, and getting it to a useful edge is hard to impossible. I bought these mainly to use as photo props, and for guys who want to practice their hand at restoring and/or sharpening their own blades before taking their own prized blades to stone. But then again, this is Africa, and we are not sissy's, it certainly shaves better than that shovel I sharpened on the bench grinder last week! They are also useful to blunt-up and practice your stropping technique before you take to the real stuff.