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Extremely nice shave

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Another use of the Otoko Organics shaving soap, today with the Omega 643167. This soap has a mild fragrance, which The Son would like since he (like many) hates strong fragrances first thing in the morning, and it produces loads o’ lather. It does also seem to be pleasant to the skin. Three smooth passes from the Eclipse Red Ring, a splash of TOBS Shaving Shop, and I’m off for the day.

Late start due to various things, but: including 30′ nonstop on the Nordic Track.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 February 2011 at 10:56 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I like loads of lather, Otoko looks good. I have loaned out the 2nd edition of your book to my son. Hope you don’t mind, it’s not the kind of thing he would have purchased at that time. Now, I have a question, but no book to read about the differences in Slant Merkur and open comb Ikon and 11c Merkur. Since I need, but do not have yet the 3rd edition, I don’t even know if it covers this. Check your site daily since Oct/Nov 2009. Read 2nd edition “Guide to Gourmet Shaving” in multiples and used it as a reference. Lurk Pogonotomy, B&B, SMF, DFS, and more mostly because of you. I really appreciate you and this entire group of contributors. Thanks

    Robert Mayfield

    12 February 2011 at 7:21 am

  2. Thank you very much, Robert. I don’t mind at all.

    The Slant Merkur, with its slanted blade, has a very different cutting action than a straight blade. A straight bad chops the whiskers off, a Slant Bar slices them away. Think about cutting a carrot with a kitchen knife. First, push straight down to cut it. Second, push down while pulling the knife or pushing it—getting some horizontal motion as well as the vertical cut: much easier. That’s the Slant Bar, and I think it is ideal for the tricky combination of tough, wiry beard and sensitive skin.

    The iKon Open Comb uses the chopping action, but something about the design of the current version makes it (IMO) the most comfortable razor that I own: it shaves like a dream, never nicks, and feels hefty in the hand. Add to that its rarity and semi-artisanal nature, and you have a real collector’s item. It is MUCH more comfortable than the Merkur Open Comb (11c), at least for me.

    Add to this that you can readily find Slant Bars (including the Hoffritz Slant Bar, no longer made) on eBay and for sale in the forums, but the iKon is less readily available—and, of course, being a small company, it’s fragile by nature. So for me the choice is obvious: buy the iKon while you can get it, and pick up a used Slant Bar someday: they are always available.

    But what I in fact did was buy both. 🙂

    Hope this helps.


    12 February 2011 at 8:21 am

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