I've been using a Merkur 34C for about 25 years. My current DE blade choice is Feather. The 34C currently costs about $45 (I paid $20 in the early 90s) and the Feather blades work out to 25 cents each. I can get almost two weeks out of a Feather blade.
Got my first Merkur last year. Don't travel with it, but use it with the brush and cream while at home, taking my time.
A solid, well-crafted tool.
I was inspired by an episode of "How Things are Made" on Science Channel...I'll pause for everyone to laugh at me, but I'm quite happy with the razor....