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Otoko Organics, Mühle Silverfiber, and the Double Open-Comb

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SOTD 14 Mar 2015

A BBS shave today. In discussions of Mühle’s synthetics (including the HJM), I ended up talking about the silverfiber brush shown, so I thought I’d use it. Once again I learn that synthetic knots hold too much water for good lather, so they do require two good shakes before starting to load: I had to pour some excess water from the tub. The brush feels very nice indeed and efficiently creates a good lather.

Otoko Organics is a wonderful soap in my opinion. It’s vegan and it’s unusual. As you see, I once again got the lid upside down—but perhaps that was intentional: the soap comes from Australia. Unfortunately, I know of no vendors who are importing it (though Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements, where I got the razor shown, does import Shaver Heaven shaving soap, of which I’ve heard good things and have ordered some).

Otoko makes a terrific lather—and a somewhat unusual lather, somewhat stiffish—and provides a great shave. I’m just finishing this tub, but (ordering from Australia) I ordered four tubs, one of which went to The Son, one I sold.

The double-open-comb razor is a very nice razor indeed: it’s comfortable, and it’s very efficient, and the cap feels frictionless against the skin. It was easy to get a BBS result.

A good splash of Hâttric (from Germany: shaving spans the globe), and the weekend begins.

Written by LeisureGuy

14 March 2015 at 9:18 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I have used my Dbl OC a number of times in the last couple of weeks. Amazing how comfortable and efficient the razor is and I have never cared fore any other OC I tried? Do you find that soap looses some of its character when you are nearing the end of a puck?


    14 March 2015 at 11:18 am

  2. I like the razor a lot as well, though I do find some other open combs more comfortable (e.g., the Parker 24C, the iKon Shavecraft #101, and the iKon stainless open combs). But the DOC definitely has a unique and pleasant feel.

    No, the soap seems much the same as always, and this tub is very low. I’m almost at the point where I can pry out the bits around the bottom, where base meets side, and transfer them to my other tub. But so far I still get a fine lather, easily and quickly.


    14 March 2015 at 11:29 am

  3. What happened to the Geo F. Trumper shave cream daily shave you promised me a few days ago. I received my order from PAA of 3 Shaver Heaven scents: Hubba Hubba, Barbershop, and Coconut Citrus Sorbet, as well as PAA Coconut. I probably will not get to them right away as I have 3 Trumper, 3 Truefitt & Hill and 5 TOBS scents as yet unused. I am trying not to become a hobbyist, but am failing miserably! I estimate you have spent almost $100,000 on shaving equipment and love looking at all the equipment. With smiles, Dr. Bob

    Dr. Robert Levine

    14 March 2015 at 9:53 pm

  4. I forgot. I’ll use it on Monday. I got two Shaver Heaven soaps: Hubba Hubba and Oatmeal Stout. I just learned that the same UK vendor from which I got my Mr Pomp shaving brush sells Otoko Organics shaving soap. (Interesting review at that second link.) I ordered mine directly from Australia (e.g., this shop), but postage was high. (I ordered 4 tubs to minimize the postage cost per tub: my son got one, I kept two, and I sold one.)


    15 March 2015 at 2:12 am

  5. If you can use your Feather AS-D2 razor and a Savile Row brush, that would be my ideal BBS shave. I must admit I find this entire wet shaving phenomenon most interesting. I am a 68 yo retired doctor/attorney and just began wet shaving when even the low end disposable Gillette razors hit $.50 each at Costco last summer. But I am amazed at how much paraphernalia you have accumulated, especially since statistically the vast majority of men do NOT wet shave still today. I do not know what your yearly budget for this hobby is, but I have spent $1500 in the past 7 months. By the way the Shaver Heaven Hubba Hubba and Coconut Citrus Sorbet scents are spectacular, Barbershop not so much. Sweet Vanilla Milk and Vanilla Oak have been reviewed by other bloggers, but is not readily available. PAA shipping was FREE! I purchased Enigma soap and aftershave from Irena @ Ginger’s Garden due to outrageous positive reviews – but I did not care for the scent at all. She was very gracious and is replacing the items with 2 other scents. My point being that “scents” are very personal to each individual and you can’t believe everything you read. I calculate that I have enough gear to last me about 5-10 years. How do I stop buying all this “stuff,” when I see your den, (and Chris Bailey’s and ShaveBusta’s and Nick Shaves’ and Geofatboy’s). It’s like being a “kid in a candy store,” that my sister will sell to some lucky guy at my post-mortem yard sale for $25? Fondly, Dr. Bob

    Dr. Robert Levine

    15 March 2015 at 4:08 am

  6. I don’t have a Savile Row brush, unfortunately. But I’ll use the razor. It’ll be on Tuesday. On Monday I like to use a slant.

    So far as money is concerned, I bought a lot of this because I write an introductory guide and don’t like to discuss products I’ve not tried. But even my total outlay (which is WELL below $100,000, BTW) is probably significantly less than I would have spent had I taken up, say, golf, yet many men play golf—particularly here in Monterey—and no one gives a second thought to the money they spend: loads of money and what do they have to show for most of it? pleasant memories and skin cancer. 🙂


    15 March 2015 at 7:54 am

  7. I started wet shaving 2 years ago at 86. Razors 1-merkur 34C,EJ 89BL,37C,Progress,Ikon 101 and 102.The Ikons are for me the best.I must admit I also have 6 brushes,a scuttle and 12 soaps/creams..I think I have enough “stuff” for the moment.I do enjoy my hobby very much.


    15 March 2015 at 10:00 am

  8. Those two iKons are really remarkable for their quality of fit and finish and for the extraordinary comfort and efficiency. I agree: those for me are also the best of those you named, with the Progress right in there with them: the Progress is, IMO, by far the best razor that Merkur now makes.

    Delighted that you’re enjoying it. Good to develop new interests, I find.


    15 March 2015 at 11:07 am

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