I started using a safety razor a couple months ago. I won't say it gives me a closer shave, you have to go over the same area multiple times, more than the multiple blade razor I used to use. But overall I do like it better. I like the fact that I've got at least three years worth of blades for the price of what four months worth of blades used to cost me. It seems to be more gentle on my skin, the sharp blade means you don't have to press as hard. If there are any bumps on your face the single blade safety razor will smooth them out. Keep tissue or band aids close. Also, twice this week, when I was rummaging around the drawer where I keep the razor I've sliced my fingers twice. Purchase one of those hangers that sits on top of the sink area.