Close shaves are great. However, this tool needs instruction to avoid so steep learning curve to minimize nicks and cuts. Using double edge razor blades provides a sharp razor without the work of a conventional straight razor.
I'm a barber and I do a lot of shaves. This handle is awesome. It's a little stiff at first so it's kind of hard to load and unload the blade, but it'll loosen up over time. The weight of it is just right for shaving though. Gives a nice smooth shave with very little effort. I think Parker razors are my favorite razors to use for sure.