Nice to have you on board B&B!
The first thing to identify is your beard and skin-type. Is your beard tough, and your skin sensitive? If you were to intentionally skip a day, would your 5:00 shadow appear around noon, or later, the next day? Do you have sensitivities with any products that you've used?
As for a DE razor, you have a couple of choices: fixed head or adjustable. For many people, a fixed head razor works just fine. For the rest of us, an adjustable is a better choice. A Gillette adjustable was my first razor... back in the day. An adjustable is still the right choice for me. Others obviously have great success with a fixed head razor like the Merkur HD. I found the Long Handle Classic to be an okay choice for me... but again, it was too aggressive for my face. An adjustable razor gives you the option of being an aggressive razor, or a very mild razor. The Merkur Progress... especially the Mer-gress modified version (done with excellence by a fellow B&B'er)... is an excellent choice. It's been called the Honda of razors... very dependable, etc.
I use a Merkur Vision, which I like very much. Some swear by it, some swear at it. It works great for me. The Merkur Futur is also an excellent adjustable razor. I would hazard a guess to say that of the adjustables, the Futur is probably the number one razor that you'll find here on B&B... unless you are into the vintage Gillette's, which are also extremely popular with a lot of folks around here. Of those, the SuperSpeeds from the 40's and 50's are very sought after. The Fat Boy is another very popular Gillette model.
So, there you have it. Figure out what you need, and what the best tool for the job is... for you! Have fun with it!
See you around the board!
Merkur/Mergress, Derby Blades, Penworks/ST-24, E J/Super Badger, Mama Bear Soaps