NOTES 15 June 2012:
So far I’ve been testing blades that are platinum coated and chrome, so I guess I don’t yet have a good comparison.
I think I’m not always careful, and do wind up cutting myself a lot, usually below the jawline. Storing blades in mineral oil and treating face with tea tree oil before applying shave gel helps, but does not prevent all nicks.
I am sick with a head cold; I do miss shaving at the gym after time in the pool.
Made in Israel. Switched to one of these today (13 June 2012)– better results than the Russian-made Astra.