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Sorry for the late reply. I haven't had the time to get one yet, but I've been debating on whether to look for a vintage one on eBay, or new on Amazon. Here's one on Amazon I'm thinking about
If you're interested in traditional wet shaving you can pick something up pretty cheap off Amazon to try it out. In the UK for example they have their own exclusive Edwin Jager (a well known and regarded wet shave razor maker - popular choice for me starters) for £15, even comes with 5 Derby Extra blades to get you started (link below). I personally own this and get good results with it.
In the interests of full disclosure though there is a learning curve to wet shaving, but frankly it's worth it for the results.
Again though I highly recommend getting a proper razor at some point, you can't beat it. Something like this would be a safe start: [link] and buy a sampler pack of blades--the right blade will make all the difference in the world.
You are correct that those Muhle razors are all the same except for the handles. In fact, Edwin Jagger and Muhle co-developed that head, so all the Edwin Jagger razors are the same, too. I like the short knurled handle of the "Kelvin" better than the others, but any of them will serve you well.
IMO they're all better choices than the Merkur or Parker razors. Definitely look at dedicated wet shaving retailers, too (I can personally recommend Connaught Shaving and Shaving.ie), if only to inform yourself as to what things should cost. Amazon sometimes has great deals, but they're also known for occasionally selling overpriced crap.
the edwin jagger DE89 is far cheaper if i select the 'knurled' colour on amazon, as opposed to any others.
Is there any difference?
I think £35 is too expensive for a zamac razor but that's just me, that's why I recommend this EJ which is an Amazon exclusive. [link]
The FaTip razors are all brass which means it's less likely to suffer from a fall, probably best to start off with a FaTip Gentile rather than the Piccolo which is quite an aggressive razor (you may want that though) both do require a bit of attention when shaving, I find the EJ DE89 head a bit more forgiving if you get it wrong.
Hopefully you're in Canada, because full retail for a 24c is US$30. CA$36 is actually a pretty good price for that razor, and a lot of people really like it. Personally it's not my favorite; I'd prefer an Edwin Jagger razor such as the Kelvin. But if you're going to limit yourself to Amazon.ca, those are probably your best two options.
I would honestly avoid the DE89BL. The head of the razor is great and will deliver a comfortable shave, but the handle is so slipper it can be dangerous to use.
Edwin Jagger offers a model called the "Kelvin" that is an Amazon exclusive and while the handle is a little bit shorter it has a nice grippy texture that will be more comfortable to use.
I do agree with the others that kids like those from Maggards or Italianbarber are a better value than buying the parts individually on Amazon. You would be getting similar quality gear for a fraction of the price.
So.. you want to spend an addition $15 when you already have a handle?
Also, the smooth and "lined" Edwin Jagger handles are just terrible. They are incredibly slick in your hands and tend to "twist" while shaving. If you are going to buy an Edwin Jager, get one with a decently textured handle or fine another handle to use with the razor head.
If you are buying a tub of shaving cream, you don't need that wooden shave bowl. Those bowls are for storing hard soap pucks and you have a cream in your list that comes in it's own storage tub. If you have a Dollar Tree near you they have a plastic salsa bowl that is perfect for use as a lather bowl. Any round-bottom bowl about 4 inches in diameter would work fine as a lather bowl.
Instead of the Edwin Jagger DE90LBL, I would strongly recommend the Edwin Jagger Kelvin if you are going to order from Amazon. It is an Amazon exclusive, is a little cheaper, and has a better handle than the LBL.
You don't need the razor & brush stand. Spend the $20 if you want it, but IMO that is a waste of money.
The Nivea can be picked up at practically any pharmacy or grocery store for $5. No need to buy it on Amazon.
$200 is way too much to spend on a starter kit. Depending on what you choose it should be half than that or even significantly less.
The best value out there for something that's easy and ships quickly the Maggard Razors basic starter kit. It's a great value at $30, the options are very well-selected, and the hardware and software are better than what you'll get on Amazon unless you spend more than twice as much money.
That said, Amazon has some good options if you know where to look. The weakest point is synthetic shaving brushes - it's hard to find good ones from reputable vendors for reasonable prices. The key when shopping on Amazon is to not rely on reviews or "best seller" lists; they are dominated by overpriced crap sold by questionable vendors. If Amazon is really your only option here are a few good choices:
Razor: Edwin Jagger Kelvin, Merkur 34c.
Brush: Edwin Jagger <em>Black Fibre</em>, Semogue Owners Club 2-band, Simpson Duke 2 Best.
Soap: Pre de Provence regular scent or No. 63, Cella, DR Harris.
Add an aftershave to match your soap if you want, or just keep using what you're using now.
Good to hear you haven't pulled the trigger yet. My recommendations:
Razor: The Merkur 23c is okay but IMO not great. You'd do better with an Edwin Jagger Kelvin, Merkur 34c, or Parker 24c.
Blades: Just make sure that you get a sampler that includes blades from different factories.
Brush: This is tough. The Perfecto brush is absolutely terrible, but Amazon is weak on good, inexpensive brushes. I really like my Semogue 1460, but it sucks until it's broken in. The Omega S-Brush is a good inexpensive synthetic, but you pay nearly as much for shipping as you do for the brush (and it's shipping from a third-party vendor rather than from an Amazon warehouse, so that may be an issue for you). The SOC 2-band is wonderful, but not inexpensive. If you held a gun to my head, I'd probably recommend the "Purist Satin Tip" synthetic. Just be sure to click on "Other Sellers" and select Amazon as the vendor. I discourage anyone from doing business with Straight Razor and Wet Shaving Supply.
Soap: Speaking of which, Blades Grim soap is a Straight Razor and Wet Shaving Supply product. Furthermore, it's recently been reformulated for the worse. You have tons of good options, but Pre de Provence is one of my all-time favorite soaps, and when a 5.25 oz puck is ~$10 it's a no-brainer.
The shave bowl you mentioned is for holding a puck of soap. If you were buying a loose puck, you'd need a container to hold it. But assuming you buy a soap that comes in a container (most do), it's superfluous.
I would seriously suggest sending the folks at Maggard Razors an email. Their basic starter kit is IMO the best value on the market, and their customer service is second to none. If you can find a way to get your stuff from them, that's the way to go. But if Amazon is truly your only option, you've at least got some reasonably good stuff available there.
Vorab: in der Nassrasur gilt einen wichtigen Spruch, YMMV. Your Mileage May Vary. Was für jemanden funktioniert wird nicht systematisch für jemanden anders funktionieren, von daher ist ein wesentliches Teil der Nassrasur als Hobby die persönliche Suche nach dem "richtigen", also das für sich persönlich passenden, Zeug. Es gibt aber schon gutes Starter-Equipment zum Ausprobieren!
Hobel: die heilige Dreifaltigkeit für Anfänger ist der Edwin Jagger DE89 (ca. 20€), der Mühle R89 (ca. 32€) und der Merkur 34C (ca. 35€). Alle drei rasieren fantastisch gründlich, ohne zu aggressiv zu sein. Selbst Erfahrene greifen gerne wieder dazu, weil man sich auf sie einfach verlassen kann. Welchen du nimmst ist fast nur Geschmacksfrage, alle drei sind sehr ähnlich und der EJ89 und R89 haben sogar denselben Kopf. Wenn es günstig sein muss, einfach den EJ89 nehmen.
Pinsel: wie /u/absolutgonzoKreis sagt, bloß kein billiger "Naturborsten"-Pinsel aus dem Drogeriemarkt. Dort sind günstigen Synthetischen aber gut, zumindest der von dm. Auf Amazon gibt es auch einen großen, guten und günstigen Schweineborstenpinsel von Proraso.
Klingen: Kurzantwort, 100 Stück Astra Superior Platinum für weniger als 10€, DER absolute Klassiker.
Klingen sind aber das YMMVste aller Teilen, eine Klinge die bei jemanden gut funktioniert kann bei jemand anders schlecht sein. Von daher ist das beste noch einen Sampler auf etwa Amazon zu bestellen. Hier ist einer komplett aus Klingen, die oft als "die Besten" bezeichnet werden. Wenn du trotzdem Einzelmarken möchtest bzw. in physikalischen Läden kaufen willst, hier ein paar Empfehlungen für Anfänger:
Wichtig: online sind Preisen über 10-15€ für 100 Klingen oft Abzocke, außer bei recht hochwertigen Marken.
Seife: bloß nicht die Wilkinson-Rasierseife. Bei dm gibt es die Speick-Rasierseife im Tiegel, sie ist gut. Ansonsten der klassische Palmolive-Stick oder die Rasiercreme davon. Auf Amazon würde ich italienischen Rasierseifen empfehlen, z.B. die legendäre aber gar nicht vegane Cella aus Talg, oder alle Rasierseifen von Proraso.
The head geometry of all Merkur's standard 2- and 3-piece razors is purportedly identical. The 34c will have a shorter, thicker handle, but it should shave pretty much the same as the one you have. Also, it's overpriced.
It is incorrect to characterize the Rockwell 2c, 6c, and 6s razors as "adjustable." There's nothing to adjust. Yeah, you have your choice of several different base plates, but that's like selling a car with several sets of different struts and claiming it has an adjustable suspension. Rockwell Razors gets way more love than it deserves on this sub, especially in light of their QC problems. They do have great customer service, though. I just find there are other razors I prefer, most of which cost less money.
As far as equity brand, EU-made razors go, I'm a big fan of Edwin Jagger. You can get one for under $30 shipped from Amazon, and the fit and finish blow the razors you're considering away. Most people who've used both prefer the shave to the Merkur, too.
But if you're considering performance instead of name brand or country of manufacture, it's hard to beat a Baili. Or you could get a Maggard house-brand razor like the MR5 and add an extra head or three to experience the way the various options shave. Just don't claim you're adjusting anything.
In the meantime, what type of razor/shaving cream are you using? Since you have a problem, I'd bet its a multi-blade cartridge type razor, and some kind of canned gel shaving cream.
The multi-blade razors are the equivalent of making multiple (unnecessary) passes, causing irritation, and gels are full of alcohol and other shit that dries out your skin like crazy, also causing irritation.
Switch to a safety razor, and use shaving soap. It will make a world of difference. A single shaving soap puck will last close to a year (cost is only a few bucks- I like the Van Der Hagen
sold in every BX I've ever been in and a razor handle will run you $25-$35ish try the Edwin Jagger on Amazon
Pick up a sample pack of blades, to decide what you like, and shaving irritation disappears forever.
In that case go ahead and order from Amazon. I would pick something like this:
So basically switch out the Van Der Hagen kit. Because the soap is okayish at best, the brush is pretty bad, and the bowl is mainly intended to hold the soap puck. Instead you can buy a quality boar brush and a good shaving soap/cream. For bowl lathering you can use any small sized bowl you have in your house. Approximately 3 inches deep and 5-6 inches in diameter would be a good size. You can also find something from your local supermarket for couple of dollars. Alternatively you can face lather which removes the need for a bowl.
This post has general information about shaving brushes.
$18-31 - Maggard MR1 or MR5 (or other handle of your choice). The V2OC and V3 heads are both very nice. Or you can get a bundle with both heads and the V3A (aggressive), which gets you three razors for $40-45.
$30ish - Edwin Jagger DE8xxx (including "Kelvin"). The Maggard MR-series with the V3 heads are made to similar tolerances, shave almost exactly alike, and have nicer handles, but if you want a name brand this may be your best option.
$30ish - Merkur 34c. The previously-mentioned razors are made of zinc alloy, and are prone to break if you drop them. The 34c is also made of zinc alloy, but its 2-piece construction makes it more robust. Most people prefer the shave from the EJ, and Merkur's fit and finish leave a lot of room for improvement, but you have to give it props for toughness. Amazon has the best prices.
$40ish - Standard Razor. Ordinarily $70-80, but currently available at a discount from Bespoke Post (comes with some cream and an alum block) and Massdrop (comes with a matching stand). Machined from aircraft aluminum, and the shave is IMO second to none.
Then there's a big gap, and ...
$145 - Feather AS-D2. Made from stainless steel. Fit and finish are outstanding. If you like the mildness of the Dorco, this might be the razor for you. It's very gentle, but also gives a very close shave. It's currently on Massdrop, and the Amazon price tends to drop when it is.
$185 - Above the Tie. Again, a stainless steel razor, but these are machined instead of sintered. Tons of flexibility - choose a short, medium, or long handle; open comb or guard bar base plate; and small, medium, or large blade exposure - or a slant. If you buy from the manufacturer there's a 30-day no-questions-asked guarantee, so if you decide the handle you got was too short or the head too aggressive, you can just swap it out.
$215 - Wolfman (note: the website price is $300, but those are Canadian dollars). Again, machined stainless steel. But you're going to have to wait until James opens up the wait list again, and then get on it. I've been waiting since June. Yeah, they're that good.
Edited to add links.
Those are decent kits, and the price is right. The only difference is the scent of the soap (oat / green tea, menthol / eucalyptus, sandalwood). The sandalwood scent is my favorite, but it's also the most likely to cause a skin reaction.
Frankly, though, I think you can do better building your own kit. The razor is a good choice at £22 so long as that include VAT; otherwise get it from Connaught Shaving or even Amazon. But for a brush, I think synthetic fiber is a better choice for a beginner than boar bristle; the Omega S-Brush is a good economical choice; Muhle and Edwin Jagger synthetics are also good options.
For soap, head down to your local Tesco and snag a stick of Palmolive for 50p. IMO the performance is better than Proraso and you're not paying a premium for it (Proraso is ~€2 in Italy).
Hi is 30 dollars just the razor or for everything else?
You can definitely get a decent razor for $30 , you can get a decent razor for less than that along with what you would need for a decent enjoyable shave.
Since you get irritation we want to go with a mild and comfortable blade and a post shave balm.
If you just want a very good razor that will last you a long time this is my pick for $30 bucks.
Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor, Knurled, Short Handle, 5 blades [link]
If you want a full kit and caboodle here is my recommended budget setup for $30.
Qshave Men or Women Short Handle Classic Double Edge Lighter Travel Safety Shaving Razor, 1 Pc [link]
For the brush you need to let it hang upside down so you need to have stand here is one with a stand
Shaving Brush,Shaving Brush Holder,Hand Made Wooden Shaving Brushes For Men,Pure Badger Hair With Lotus Handle Shave Brush （black） [link]
For cream that will lather
Arko Shaving Cream, Moist, 100g (94 ml) [link]
For post Shave which is very important due to you sensitive skin .
Nivea Men Body Shaving After-Shave Lotion 8.1 Ounce (240ml) [link]
Oh and I almost forgot blades!!! Here is a sample pack so you can try a few different types.
Astra-Derby-Shark Double Edge Razor Blades Sampler, 20 Blades [link]
Hopefully that can get you started .
[link]. Sorry I looked on Amazon.com, I can’t see it either. I am in the UK.
It’s a game changer man. It doesn’t require a lot to get into it; I’ve owned gear from the top/mid shelf to the lower shelf. You can get a great shave out of either. It really just requires a very small upfront investment and a lot of patience and time. But it rewards you immediately by saving on money of disposable carts and turning an annoying chore into something quite enjoyable and relaxing.
I’ll be choosing a winner tomorrow, but here’s a budget shave kit I’d recommend if you don’t win that won’t break the bank and would get you started right away on a good foot:
Razor: Edwin Jagger $26: [link]
Brush: Omega Pro 49 Boar $10 - [link]
Soap: Proraso White $10 - [link]
Blades: Sampler $7 - Astra-Derby-Shark-Voskhod-Rapira-Lord 60 Quality Double Edge Razor Blades Sampler (12 different brands) [link]
Styptic Pencil: Clubman $4 - [link]
Or go to one of our favorite vendors Stirling or Maggards and get a basic starter kit. Supports small businesses and they’ll work great
This one? https://www.edwinjagger.co.uk/edwin-jagger-de89-chrome-knurled-de-safety-razor.html
Are they all the same head, regardless of model # from EJ?
Or what about this EJ for £15 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edwin-Jagger-Amazon-Exclusive-Knurled/dp/B00K6Z24SK/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=edwin+jagger&qid=1573666758&sr=8-5 ?
(thanks by the way!)
OMG you have to be 18 to buy a razor https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edwin-Jagger-Amazon-Exclusive-Knurled/dp/B00K6Z24SK/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=edwin%2Bjagger%2Bde89&qid=1573683339&sr=8-4&th=1
Update: went for the Amazon-exclusive Edwin Jagger DE89 short. Definitely feels a tad more aggressive with the same Astra SP blades, and the short handle seems more usable (to me) than that of the Wilkinson Sword.
I should also highlight that the three-piece design is much easier to clean with a towel (we have hard water here in south-east England which leaves a dull residue on all the previously shiny metal parts!)
Photo comparing the two
Thank you for all your help!
They are just different handles. DE is the safety razor and DE stands for double edge.
Blades are blades. They are universal generally speaking.
Hope that helps.
Im in the UK, been using a DE for about 18 months so here’s my 2 cents.
Personally I wouldn’t bother with a defined kit, I’ve had 2 and the razor and brush has been junk.
Razor - If you’re starting out fresh then something mild is probably best, I picked up an Edwin Jagger from Amazon for about £16. I’ve never cut myself with it and it’s not a bad shave at all. [link]
Brush - Each to their own here, I’ve 2 and think they’re both great. A Razorock Beehive, about £15-£20 online and a Yaqi Barberpole from eBay, about the same. [link]
Soaps - So there’s so much out there, especially if you’re willing to pay, however my 3 favourite sets are:
Phoenix and Bau Spitfire, Phoenix and Bau Imperial Rum and Wickham Club Cola. They all run about £30 for the set of soap and splash/balm. If you want to try a few without a large outlay you can look on www.shavedash.com for a bunch of small samples and find something you like.
Finally blades, just buy a sampler, www.connaughtshaving.com is where I got mine from. Find what you like, buy 200 of them, tell yourself that you’ve saved a ton of money on your shave routine then spend 10X what you’ve saved on more sets and razors like we all have!
Welcome to the rabbit hole...
I'm not familiar with the razor you show, but , for only about 1 pound more you could get this razor , which is well respected:
For blades, you'd be better advised to try a sampler of several different blades to find one you like, so you don't wind up with a pile of blades you don't like. After you find a favorite, then you can buy them by the 100.
It's gone up to £17 since I bought it yesterday, but still: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00K6Z24SK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I should have said before, sorry, that it's an "Amazon exclusive", same head as the DE89 as far as I can tell, but different (better IMO) handle.
What do you think about this starter kit?
I'm ready to hit the order button. :)
I am in the UK so the Maggard basic starter kit ends up being a bit pricey. I settled on the EJ Kelvin because I saw it recommended on another comment, was it a mistake? I was hesitating between this and the Merkur 33C so the final choice was a bit random.
I ended up going with the EJ Kelvin. I don't know how good it is but in any case if I enjoy it enough I doubt it's going to be my last razor.
Let your sanity be improved and your wallet lightened.
Just get the Maggard Razors Basic Starter Kit. It's $30, and is a better value than anything you'll find on Amazon.
If you have to use Amazon (eg, if you have a gift card you need to burn), then:
Razor: Edwin Jagger Kelvin or Merkur 34c
Brush: Omega 10048
Soap: Pre de Provence
This blade sampler
You'll spend nearly twice as much as getting the Maggard kit, and it won't be any better. In fact, IMO the brush is a (small) step down. But if it's gotta be Amazon, that's the route I'd go.
Lord blades, like all blades, are good for some and not so good for others. But you seem to be asking about the razor. I have not used that razor, but Lord razors I have used have been only so-so and have a soft aluminum handle in which the threads tend to strip.
I assume you're facing an urgent deadline, which is why a one-week wait is not feasible. Maggard Razors ships quite promptly and via first-class mail, so shipments arrive quickly. If you're in a hurry, I would recommend their V2OC head with one of their stainless steel handles.
If for some reason you must order from Amazon, the Edwin Jagger Kelvin is good.
But note that the Dorco PL602 is substantially less than either of these. Of course, if you have to receive the razor within the week, it's not going to work.
This razor and this shaving gel. I just used the standard blade that they sent with the razor which is in the picture. Like I said I usually don't shave much so I don't have a lot of experience but I'm gonna watch some videos and try to get better with every shave. Thank you for helping.
If I was going to buy a razor on Amazon, it would probably be the Edwin Jagger Kelvin, which is an Amazon exclusive.
> I have a cheaper product with better specs than the leading brands.
No, no you don't. You're selling your razor for $33. Edwin Jagger razors are readily available for under $30. Ditto with razors from Merkur and Muhle (albeit only from non-US vendors). And the only "specs" you've mentioned are the length and weight of the handle, which are pretty much meaningless when it comes to performance.
It's not that I don't want to try new razors - I've got my eye on a couple right now. Frankly, none of them are made from pot metal, but I'm not inherently opposed to the stuff, especially for a beginner or someone who's budget minded. I wish more people would get into the wet shaving business and increase the variety of products available and their exposure in the marketplace. A company that succeeds in the industry is good for all of us.
My comments were intended to provide constructive criticism that might help your venture become successful. You're certainly under no obligation to consider them, but if you hang around here long enough you'll find that there are a whole lot of entrepreneurs who have built their businesses at least in some small part on the feedback from the experienced users who frequent this forum and others that are similar.
Good luck. You're gonna need it.
For $3.15 you can get a RiMei razor that shaves surprisingly well. I have given away more than a dozen of them and shave with one occasionally myself.
The Maggard MR-series razors are very good, and go for $20-25 depending on the handle.
For name-brand stuff, we're back to ordering Muhle - specifically, the R89 from the EU. Or you could get an Edwin Jagger razor for about the same amount. They shave the same since Muhle and Jagger co-designed the head, but if you get the Muhle it's more likely that people will mistakenly believe you paid $75 for it.
EJ makes a good starter razor and has a good record for customer service.
I've used both the Derby and Astra blades you mentioned and liked them both, but my face is not your face. Every face is different; no one here can give you meaningful advice on what would be the best blade for YOU. Your best bet is to buy a sampler and try out a bunch of different blades. Once you get used to shaving with a DE razor, you'll probably get 3-6 shaves per blade, so this sampler will cover you for a year or so.
I usually recommend a synthetic brush as a starter. They work well, dry quickly, and have no break-in period.
I personally prefer Boar brushes later on as I prefer the face feel of a good boar. But they tend to need 10-20 shaves a a break-in period before they reach their full potential.
Avoid the very cheap badger brushes - the manufacturers had to compromise too much on quality to get the low price. A cheap badger can be as brutal as a top line badger can be good.
There are better soap out there, but this one is a pretty good value. It'll let you try out DE shaving without breaking the bank. You can always upgrade later. Or you can always use whatever shaving soap you've been using. In general I'd recommend you avoid the canned stuff. The propellants can't be good for your skin.
Total - about 55 euros.
Edit: The brush and soap are optional. You can use whatever you've been using there for starters.
Generally speaking you're going to get much better value from Maggard than from Amazon. I'd recommend the basic starter kit with the handle and soap of your choice (I like the MR1 and London Barbershop). The razor is much more efficient than your VdH but still very comfortable. If you want to give yourself an even more efficient option, add a V3A head. But start with the V3 - it's a big step in the right direction. Some people really like the V2OC head, but it's my least favorite of the three.
As far as the brush goes, the Maggard synthetic is the softest thing you're going to find anywhere near your price range. It doesn't have a ton of backbone, but it's got more than the Escali.
If you have to buy on Amazon, I'd recommend the Edwin Jagger <em>Kelvin</em> razor and a Semogue boar brush - the 1460 is the best value on there right now. But be aware that the brush will suck at first - it takes a lot of use to break in. The Owner's Club is more expensive, but also a good value, and it's more useable out of the box. Unfortunately there's a dearth of good synthetic brushes on Amazon, and good badger brushes are well outside your price range, so getting a boar and putting up with the break-in period is probably your best bet. And a Semogue will reward the work you put into it handsomely - 100 lathers in they're some of the best brushes money can buy.
Good move checking in here first. The Merkur razor is okay but overpriced. The Escali brush and stand are garbage. [Edited to add: see the "Bad Gear" list on the sidebar.] TOBS creams are decent, but wouldn't be my first choice.
I like the Maggard MR-series razors; the heads are okay and the handles are great; later on if he wants to upgrade he can buy a standalone head and continue to use the handle. Edwin Jagger makes good starter razors too. The Muhle R89 is another good choice, although at $65 it's overpriced in the US; if you're going to go that route definitely buy it from a European vendor.
Good brushes don't have to be expensive, but good badger brushes are. Unless you want to dramatically increase your budget, take a look at the Muhle "Black Fibre" and Omega "S-Brush" synthetics, or at boar brushes from Omega and Semogue.
Inexpensive stands have a bad habit of getting rusty when their plating fails after a few months in the bathroom. The good news is that a stand is totally unnecessary. Brushes actually dry a bit faster standing with the bristles pointed upward.
Rather than going with a commercial cream, consider a soap. Especially a good artisan soap. Their ingredients lists are much shorter and easier to pronounce, they end up costing less per use, and in my experience the performance is significantly better.
Here are a few kits, each with all the stuff from a single vendor:
From Maggard Razors: An MR1 razor, an Omega 20102 boar or Omega S10049 synthetic brush, and a tub of London Barbershop soap. Or any of about 100 other great artisan soaps they carry. You'll want a blade sampler, too.
For a more upscale look, you could get the following from Shaving.ie: A Muhle R89, a Muhle Rytmo Black Fibre brush. Unfortunately they're a bit weak on artisan soaps; you could buy some elsewhere or just pick up a puck of DR Harris unscented soap (or you could spend an extra $10 or so and get a pretty bowl). Again, you'll also want a blade sampler.
I'm generally opposed to shopping for shave gear on Amazon, but if you know exactly what to get there you can do okay. I'd recommend an Edwin Jagger "Kelvin" razor, an Omega 10049 boar brush, and a tub of Strop Shoppe "Black Tie" soap. Don't buy a blade sampler on Amazon - they're all badly overpriced. Instead, get two each of the ten most popular blades from tryablade.com.
Of course you could mix and match, too. I like the selection of soaps from Maggard, the prices on Muhle razors and brushes from shaving.ie and the variety of blades available from tryablade.com. Hope this is helpful...