I've compared the Metal to the Guard.I find in practice as well, but I don't like pivot heads.
For me, the nearest disposable/cartridge razor to an SE is the Bic Metal.
To each their own. I find the Bic behaves far more like a traditional SE solely because no pressure is needed, unlike the Guard, which like all pivots, requires pressure.I've compared the Metal to the Guard.
I find the Metal tougher to shave with than my DE's.
You can read my review here