Search eBay for "Guillete safety razor". There are hundreds available and they last a lifetime. Super easy to clean up and make shinny too. These are over 60 years old, I paid about $25 each and I'll probably be leaving them to my future grand kids
If you don't like the Derby blades don't give up. They were too rough for me. Once I switched to feathers it was totally different.... Also don't cheat your face on thin lather. You'll get a lot of irritation.So, I have my startup order set. I was going to get the WSP starter kit, but it came with a brush that seemed marginal, and their "El Grande" razor got below average reviews. For $20 more than their price, I lined up a Merkur 34c razor, WSP Silvertip badger brush, a Col. Conk mug, and a cake of WSP's shaving soap (tobacco scent, of course). The mug also includes a cake of soap, so I can change it up if I want, and a pack of 50 derby blades was only $6. I may seek out a vintage razor after I develop technique, but right now I think learning with solid tools is more important than cool factor.
I love the Blue Israeli Personna - not as sharp as feathers, but sharper than Astras or Derby (as far as I can tell).Luckily my beard is the rather light, lays-down-flat type that a medium blade is rumored to be so nice for. I'm afraid Feathers will be too sharp, especially for my noob technique.