BeatlesFan, Oh definately, and that fundemental divide has been with us from almost the beginning. Not the very beginning though, because then, almost all the ( few ) members of the oldest forums were new to all this and just bought Merkurs as part of their initial kit from Charles Roberts or Lee. I joined early and with BobS, began touting the Gillettes that I'd been using for decades ( and also the UK Wilkinson blades in lieu of the Merkur blades that everyone else used....again, as part of their new kit ). After a little bit, guys started trying the old Gillettes, and some found that they preferred them, and so that basic divide started. Today, it's slightly more complex because, in addition to the minority who use both, there are those new M-P/E-J heads and now the Feather SS, But I think your observation remains valid more often than not; most Gillette users do not use or much like Merkurs, and vice versa. For me, the fixed blade Merkurs are simply too aggressive and have a tendency to annoy my skin. whist the Futur and Vision never had the slightest appeal. I CAN comfortably use the Progress dialed down low, but think the old Gillettes are better made and more handy in any case.