I was surprised. The old one is much smoother than the new ones. No drag or pull at all to it. The blade in this wrapper was kicking around loose from drawer to cabinet and back for at least 14 years, because I didn't buy it, and Dad went West early in 2001. I've been not throwing it out because it was Dad's, and not using it because it's old. Finally decided to use it, and throw it out if it was dulled beyond use. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a stainless blade in a wrapper didn't corrode, but I am surprised by the noticeably smoother shave than I get with its successors.