I use an old-school safety razor, and a brush with shave soap. With that being said, some of this may not make sense, but bear with me.
I use Personna blades. They are magnificent, and also cheap at $10 bucks for 100 blades. I get a hella close shave, and the blades last forever. Also, since I have a pack of 100, and the blades themselves wear out slowly, I am still working on my original 100 from about three or four years ago.
My favorite shave soaps come from a place that doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t know where they went, but they made a cucumber melon lather that smells like heaven. They were here, but hell if I know where they are, and if they will ever be back. Once the one I have is out, I am going to be sad, and probably look for another place that makes something similar.
And then use my sandalwood lather.