I was thinking about giving the same advice. I found Astra Superior Platinums (made in Russia!!) to be an excellent razor, sharp enough, same ballpark than Derby's , Dorco and the like but consistently smoother.
Originally Posted by rm71
Another very good and similar blade (sharp but not too sharp, but smooth) is the Bic, made in Greece.
The only 'problem' with these Astra up to now is the unmistakable smell of Soviet lubricant (that I solve easily putting the blade under running hot water for some seconds before loading the razor). It's enough to find the little envelope in the dark but not a problem at all once in the razor.
Razor: Fatboy, Slimboy, Tech, Knack.
Brush: Kent H8, BK4, Omega boar (small, big).
Soap: Woolfat, C&E Nomad, Proraso Green, Tabac, Cella.
Cream: Valobra Mentolo, TOBS Sandalwood.
Aftershave: Floyd Blue, Proraso Pre-Post, Dopobarba, Crema.
Other AS: Chimique Clinique, Capucci, Cerruti 1881.
All items top to bottom in my taste- YMMV