hey, ~alder! I, too, have done the "shaving song and dance" in regards to what works/what doesn't, and I realized that my best bet is the original (orange handle) Bic disposable razors. Here in Missouri, they are about $3.50 a 10-pack, and I buy three 10-packs at a time, and go through them throughout the month.
I realize what an eco/plastic waste nightmare this is, and I tried to go another route with a safety razor (though not a straight razor) and all of those are hit or miss, for me. Either the blades I order are too thick, or not "sized" right for the shaver head, or there is "wiggle room" for the blade (ever so slightly) and it causes pulling/tearing of facial hair when shaving. I did the $19.99 "As Seen On TV" version of the safety razor (some company-less manufacturer), and ironically that one lasted six months. Others from Van Guren(?) and then "lofty" online outlets that manufacture a unit out of solid brass, or copper, or nickel - all of those were always mis-sized/mis-aligned, and didn't last very long at all.
So, back to the Bic disposables which I can always count on, and are cheap as could be. I used to swear by Gillette XYZ model(s) back in 2003 or so, as a new handle color with some "trimming" feature would be released, and I *HAD* to have the "best of the best" (in that regard, anyway), and couple it with AXE foaming shave gel, because I was apparently a stereotypical late-teen, turn of the century d-bag, lmao! After joining the service in 2004, most cadets in training just stuck with plain old (and reliable) Bic disposables, and I think that is what got me into them.
Anyway, hope you're good :)