Hey Doc, keep your eye out for Will G on ebay. He makes soaps made to fit perfectly into that Old Spice mug we have. Not only are they CHEAP, I'm talking not even 4 dollars per puck, but they are seriously equal to or greater than all the top shelf English creams and soaps! Will recently had surgery which led to complications, so he closed down his ebay shop while he convalesces, but he should be opening it back up as soon as he is able. Luckily I stocked up right before he shut down his store. He also has decent aftershave lotions as well. Add him to yalls favorite sellers list and keep an eye out. Again, his stuff is really top notch, and his prices just can't be beat. http://www.stores.ebay.com/willgsplace
For a razor, I use Caswell-Massey's Deco model, which takes Mach 3 blades. I just can't bring myself to pay more for blades, regardless of the performance.
Doc, DE blades are MUCH cheaper than Mach 3 blades. Ebay seller "howard1616" sells Turkish made blades called "Derby" for around 20 bucks per 100 blades. 20c per blade is quite a bit cheaper than 1.80+/blade for a M3. Derby razor blades give me the best, most comfortable shave, but everyone is different. Some like the Personnas you get at Walmart, some like the Personnas made in Israel, some like Feather blades, etc. Here
is a review with pictures of Will's stuff from the Badger & Blade forums, if interested.