I'm an every other day shaver with a coarse beard. Nothing compares to the close shave I get from my r41 Spitfire. I've never used a 2011 r41 so I don't have that to compare to, but this shaves notably better than my 2013 r41 does with 2 shims added for extra effect. I have used the r41 Spitfire about 10 times without incident or injury, but it has an "edge of danger" feel to it that is quite real and must be respected. It's definitely not for beginners. I also bought a Hurricane top-cap the other day, which I've used twice so far, and think I like a little better. Both are way better than the factory original, and both could be way better yet in nickel plated brass. Here's wishing.