I started using safety razors quite a few years ago, 57 Gillette SS, awesome shave and a lot cheaper than the quatro, cinqo, or what the hell ever they are selling these days. A couple years ago I moved up to a straight and I presently own 4 or 5 that are in my rotation. The ultimate shave, nothing compares. As for soap, I've tried many different types and the stuff from wally world works fine and isn't that expensive. Lately I've been using soap that I get from a local soap maker and it's the best and supports local business!