First Impressions: It is nicely finished and I love the 2 tone top cap and base. The handle again is nice, but is not my preferred handle shape, beauty is in the eye of the beholder though so YMMV. It certainly does the job. It is lightweight but nicely balanced. No discernible top cap/base plate movement and perfect blade alignment. First shave: This is one efficient razor! Not a massive amount of blade feel, so it is quite deceptive. One pass would have been sufficient but where is the fun in that! It has a little more drag than it Chromed Zamac brother, but it is not a big deal the DOC holds enough lather to keep it gliding. Two passes was pretty damn close, but I had a couple of patched of stubble left; more likely user error. So, third pass was basically a clear up. The only slight issue was a couple of weepers than needed the Alum. Like I said above this is an efficient razor and takes you by surprise! No pressure needed!!! Great Value for $50.