I managed to find a double sided safety razor at a local antique shop for $6.00. At that price, how could I argue? Blades from a local general store cost me another $1.49 for a pack of 10. Total cost for razor and blades was a whopping $7.69 after taxes.
For now I will continue with my shaving gel and look into getting a shaving brush and other things later, if desired. One thing I am glad about is that today is Friday. This means I have 2 days of practice before I return to the office. So if I inadvertently cut myself with this thing, I'll have a day or so to heal.
I'll see about posting some pictures (of the razor, not my anticipated wounds) once I have time to polish it up a bit.