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Otoko Organics, the S-Brush, and a great shave with the ATT R1

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SOTD 28 Nov 2015

A very fine shave indeed. Since the two appeared in the new starter kit I blogged yesterday, I used the S-Brush and Otoko Organics for today’s shave, and I have to say they are excellent. The S-Brush in the regular size really is a fine brush, and I do like the lather from Otoko Organic’s somewhat odd formula: it’s a somewhat stiffish lather, and has a very clean and refreshing smell.

The ATT R1 on the UFO handle did an excellent job. I did think that perhaps it did not plow through the stubble quite so easily as the S1, but it was hard to tell on separate shaves, so on Monday I’ll use both razors in the same shave, followed the next day by a shaving using both the Merkur 34G and the 37G, and then on Wednesday a shaving using both the iKon Shavecraft #101 and #102. By pairing in the same shave excellent razors of the same overall format, but one a slant and the other not, I think I’ll be better able to detect the difference.

Three passes resulted in a fine BBS result, and splash of TOBS Shaving Shop finished the job.

Written by Leisureguy

28 November 2015 at 9:07 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I suspect the largest difference will be between the two Merkurs. Just speculating.



    28 November 2015 at 3:10 pm

  2. I had the same thought. But we’ll see. For this experiment, I wish I had a thicker, tougher beard. It would make it easier to tell.



    28 November 2015 at 4:08 pm

  3. I may be in the minority but I prefer the S brush to the Plisson knots. Considering trying Satin tip next.



    29 November 2015 at 4:47 pm

  4. That is something I totally understand. I am somewhat taken by surprise by how the S-Brush, which so recently performed well and felt good, is suddenly “mediocre” and not worth buying. I fear that fashion has infected some in the wet-shave community. I like the S-Brush a lot.

    The snobbishness regarding the S-Brush and the Plisson-type brushes reminds me a lot of the quite similar snobbishness about boar and badger, with the snobs saying that badger was ever so superior to boar. But both types work well, and sometimes I feel in the mood for one and sometimes for the other. They both do the job.

    But snobs, I fear, are ever with us, because it is easier to adopt a judgment from social/fashion circles rather than deciding for oneself, particularly if one is insecure about his own judgment.

    A pox on them. The S-Brush remains what it has always been: a very nice brush that feels good and performs well and costs around $10 or less. What’s not to like?



    29 November 2015 at 5:22 pm

  5. Regarding the S-Brush, I picked up the S and Boar from Shoebox earlier in the year. You were on a trip and used both brushes so I decided to try them. Both great brushed for under $20.00! The S is a little soft for me but I do use it once in awhile.



    30 November 2015 at 11:04 am

  6. Excellent. Yeah, I know that I’m a pushover for a soft brush. I do use some stiffer brushes (e.g., the Chubby 1 Best, the Brushguy brushes), but I especially like soft, yielding brushes with good resilience.



    30 November 2015 at 11:20 am

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