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Otoko and a horsehair brush

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Otoko again today—how I love that soap! It doesn’t make the usual lather, but it makes a fine lather and seems to impress my skin. I don’t know of any US vendors who carry it, but you can order from Here’s why you might want to:

Ingredients of our natural organic shaving soap:

Our natural organic shaving soap is alcohol and petroleum free.

I used a good horsehair brush—I find that some of my brushes do a better job than others, and the brush shown is quite good. Indeed, this is the first brush that produced a Creamy Lather for me—quite unintentionally. You don’t get quite the same kind of Creamy Lather from Otoko—it’s not a tallow-based soap, to say the least—but you do get a very good lather, fine-grained and dense and (as I note) very nice to your skin.

Three passes with the Eclipse Red Ring holding a previously used Swedish Gillette blade, a splash of The Shave Den Signature Scent aftershave—a variant of bay rum, so far as I could tell, and quite pleasant, and I’m ready to enjoy False Friday (which is how I think of Thursday).

Written by LeisureGuy

29 September 2011 at 8:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Dirty Texan

    29 September 2011 at 9:42 am

  2. Michael, I love the Otoko too. As far as I remember, Bruce was very first who introduced this soap.
    I also have a couple of the Rings in excellent condition. I adore this beautiful razor!


    29 September 2011 at 10:11 am

  3. You got it: It’s a post to pay homage to Bruce Everiss. It was he who first introduced me to Otoko and to the Eclipse Red Ring and to horsehair shaving brushes. All great products.


    29 September 2011 at 1:00 pm

  4. It’s a pity, that Bruce does not write so nice posts as before …..
    I guess, he is concentrated on his own forum.


    29 September 2011 at 6:30 pm

  5. He has a lot of irons in the fire: getting a start-up off the ground is a 24/7 job, and he’s involved in doing that. Plus he has other blogs and interests. I’m just amazed at how productive he’s been and what a resource he created in very little time. I find myself consistently linking to some of his posts; for example:


    29 September 2011 at 6:36 pm

  6. Michael, this one is currently on eBay sale:

    Look at the price, though visibly it is in a great condition.
    Mercedes among other vintafe razors -:)


    29 September 2011 at 6:48 pm

  7. It’s gone, gone, gone: listing pulled, which I assumes means it was sold. I did see photos. The Red Ring was certainly vivid, but I do like the Eclipse logo on the top, and this one lacked that—made before they started doing it, I imagine.

    Still: extremely nice razor, but the price?! Aren’t there more of those things about?


    29 September 2011 at 6:55 pm

  8. Ah, you mean a logo on the case top?……Just have checked both of mine.


    29 September 2011 at 7:06 pm

  9. No, a logo on the razor cap: in the metal is embossed a stylized sun and its rays, etc. I’ll take a photo of mine the next time I use it.


    29 September 2011 at 7:12 pm

  10. Yeah, I got it! I know what are you talking about!
    Both mine have it.
    So, this eBay’s one is very advanced in years……looks young, though!


    29 September 2011 at 7:18 pm

  11. It’s possible it never got used, or not used much: someone bought it, put it aside, it was put in with “his stuff”, and went through the decades in a box.


    29 September 2011 at 7:23 pm

  12. The Otoko is wonderful… I should continue using it again starting today. I just finished off some Fitjar cream and Tabula Rasa so why not.

    J Dogg

    30 September 2011 at 9:27 am

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