so i gave up on scratchy razors entirely, and bought a philips oneblade pro instead. it's a sort of electric razor/styling kind of thing that doesn't irritate the skin even remotely, is waterproof (so you can use it in the shower) and i basically just use that twice a week instead. no, it's not as close a shave - but it's more than good enough for daily use if you're in an office environment. oh, and it can also be used to trim, edge, style, and even manscape if that's your thing.
yeah, there are still times when i need a close shave, and that's when i reach for the safety razor (a bluebeard's revenge scimitar, if you're curious, although i also have their shavette for when i feel like pretending to be manly). but most of the time, the oneblade does the job more than well enough and saves an awful lot of hassle.