I switched to a double edge about two weeks ago. I'm using an old Gillete Fatboy adjustable set to 3 or 4 with Feather blades. So far the shave seems about as close as (possibly a little closer than) my Sensor Excel but without any ingrown hairs. So between that and the cheaper blades, I see the DE as an improvement. Incidentally, it seems all my cuts are due to lack of care with the blade's angle. But I have a question about creams. I'm using Clinique Cream Shave. I've used it for a long time. I've always been happy with it. I'm considering a brush and soap/cream but I didn't want to change both razor and cream at once. (If I liked or didn't like the new shave, I wouldn't know which made the difference.) Has anyone out there moved to a brush and soap/cream without changing their razor? Did you notice a substantial improvement?