I spent most of my teens and twenties using the 3-5 blade grocery store razors, willingly accepting the price tag because I feel I look ridiculous with any real facial hair. Then, one fantastic day, I read a blurb in GQ about safety razors: steep initial investment, but a huge money saver down the road (not to mention a significantly closer shave).
I did research like my thesis depended on it, narrowed it down to a few selections, and ultimately decided on this one because I liked the blurb written about it on the product page. It doesn't disappoint one bit! It's very well balanced and easy to control, making it great for a beginner, and I'd recommend this to anyone looking to get started on a cheaper, better way of shaving.