A year ago or so my friend Jesse told me it was manly and just plain cool to use an old school razor and he recommended Merkur. So I looked at YouTube videos and decided on a simple two-piece Merkur 38C Heavy Duty Barber Pole razor. I bought mine from an eBay seller for $41 shipped. I also bought 50 Feather stainless steel razors for $13.87 shipped from Amazon vendor (takes a month but I'm in no rush).
Why the change now? Because there was too much quality variation in my Mach 3 razors. I patted them dry, sharpened them, and dipped them in mineral oil after every use and about one fourth of them would last 6 weeks; however, most of them still barely lasted a week and a half before they hurt my face, so the Great Shave Experiment begins.