given your desires, I like the idea of getting a fancy razor plus a whipped dog set. youd end up with 2 razors (a beater and a fancy), at least one of them with a shave-ready edge, a strop, a balsa with CrOx on one side and FeOx on the other for maintenance. If you got 200 bucks or so budget, and the whipped-dog set goes for ~50, then you've got 150-160 for a sweet new razor. LOTS of choices for that range. I'd recommend for your fancy razor something 6/8 or so, with a roundish point, with jimps top/bottom to help with grip. If you up the budget a bit, and back off on your fanciness, you could could also squeeze out a coticule for honing. Otherwise you can get yourself some lapping film and a slab o' flat granite for pretty cheap too.
Last edited by Krodor; 07-03-2012 at 11:31 AM.
Me to wife (truth!): "Does she really need all these Barbie dolls? You only need two to have a conversation. Why so many?"
Wife, not skipping a beat: "It's kinda like your straight razors..."