Many men look down their nose at Williams. However, as I've said before, I was a marketing major long ago prior to my retraining as a registered-dietitian nutritionist. And marketing majors know that for many people, product price significantly affects perception. Low price must mean cheap goods, right?
Well, not necessarily. Williams is a tallow-based soap, which often means good performance. It's bouquet is pleasant, in my humble opinion.
Some complain that it is difficult to lather. But it's not. I never had difficulty lathering Williams, but I think the easiest way is to face lather. That is, wet the beard, rub the flat of the puck directly on the wet whiskers. Then with a wet brush lather away.
I believe Williams soap to be a sleeper; it's the best value available in shave soap -- and it's often available locally in retail stores.
I put a new Dorco ST-301 blade in my Merkur 33C this week, and have gotten some very good shaves. In the mild and forgiving 33, the Dorco 301 seems an ideal blade for my face. It's sharp enough to give a close shave, but smooth enough that I get virtually no irritation or sightings of blood.
The 301s are also a reasonably durable blade. As with all my blades, after each shave I press them dry and then give them a light stropping with a single light swipe down my forearm for each side of each edge. Then I put them back into my dried razor for the next day's shave.
I believe these blades are a good value, and I'm pleasantly surprised about the results whenever I use them.