Merkur DE Classic "C", Merkur Blades, Mama Bear's Shaving Soaps and Aftershave. I'm enticed by Thomas's mention of being self- sufficient, but the learning curve still scares me off. Next year. ehhh, if you can sharpen a knife you've pretty well got the maintenance skills down. Now bringing the blade to your face - that will take a couple of tries before your hand stops shaking.