Well, I'm not sure if it's any closer than I get with the Mach III and I ended up cutting up all the little pimples that were on my neck from the last time that I shaved with the Mach III and causing them to bleed. However, there is something extremely manly feeling about shaving with a DE razor. I basically wet my face with really hot water. Then used the brush to apply the shaving cream. I then shaved with the grain. Then I re-wet my face and applied shaving cream again. I then shaved against the grain. The whole process took about 25 minutes. Also, I have a question. How do you clean up the razor after use? Is it enough just to rinse it off with water? Also, how many times can a blade be used before you have to chuck it?