Safety razor user here: Merkur plus feather blades, Proraso pre & post shave and Taylor's Jermyn Street Shave Cream (although I am currently using up a tub of Proraso Shaving Soap). I have NFI what the Merkur model is, but I have been using it since I got it as a Christmas gift 2 years ago and haven't looked back. Did take a fair bit of practice to be able to not inflict damage to my face, but once you get the hang of it, it takes about 5 or so mins in the morning to get a great result. Also, with all the talk about MJ Bale, I probably should make mention that I did purchase a summer suit from the Melbourne store over the holiday break and decided to go through them for alterations. I found that they did mark-up the alteration costs considering they use the same service as Herringbone (ie $70 to take in a jacket waist as opposed to $45 or so at HB).