When individuals make the switch from cartridge razors to DE razors, they often times do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions regarding what razor they should buy before they make the switch. For the past ten years, I have been recommending the Merkur 34C. It is a solid razor that is efficient enough that new users won't immediately seek an upgrade but, there is also a bit of a learning curve. New users can expect a few nicks, weepers and irritation along the way until they improve their technique.
After trying and using the Henson AL13 for several weeks, I have a new recommendation. A new wet shaver could go straight from using a cartridge to using the Henson AL13 with DE blades and have no issue whatsoever. Moreover, it delivers such an efficient shave that it is also a great choice for experienced wet shavers. With two passes and a little touch up, I am able to get an irritation free BBS shave when the razor is paired with Gillette Platinum blades. While efficient, the razor is amazingly forgiving.
The Henson razor also trumps the Merkur 34C in build quality. Rather than a plated Zamac razor, the Henson razor is machined from aircraft grade aluminum. There is no plating to peal off and no pot metal to crumble. The razor should last for years.