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The Dorco PL-602 plastic razor, along with the Organic Asses’ Milk shaving soap

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SOTD 28 Jan 2016

A very smooth and very nice shave today. The prep doubtless contributed—as it always does. I used my Rooney Super Silvertip Style 2, which I picked up when Vintage Blades was liquidating their Rooney stock. The organic asses’ milk shaving soap was purchased in Paris by The Wife, and it’s a totally wonderful soap, though apparently it’s important to replace the lid after use else it loses its mojo. She got it at Planète Rasoir (warning: clicking the link will start a video with sound, so you might want to hit the mute button first). So far as I know, the store doesn’t do business on-line.

This is one of the soaps that fill the tin to the absolute brim: absolutely no room remaining. Even so, it was not difficult to load the brush without making any mess at all. The secret seems to be to wet the brush well, give it a couple of good shakes to remove water, and then to pay attention while loading—and, of course, a certain amount of practice and experience. I did have to add a small amount of water a couple of times to load the brush to my satisfaction, and the resulting lather was remarkably good. If you’re in Paris, the soap is (IMO) worth the trip to the store.

I first encountered the Dorco PL-602 in a Sharpologist article by Victor Marks, which intrigued me enough that I ordered one. The price is $5 (including shipping) whether you order from eBay or from Amazon, but with Amazon it’s an add-on item so you have to wait until you’re ordering a total of $25 to get it. So I ordered mine from eBay: no price difference.

I did not use one of the included Dorco blades but a Gillette Silver Blue. The razor is quite light (good travel/hiking razor) and the head seems extremely well designed in terms of comfort and efficiency. The alignment studs are on the baseplate, so you load the blade onto the baseplate rather than the cap. As noted in the Marks article, you press the blade onto the (plastic) studs, which hold the blade in place as you insert the cap and tighten.

I easily found the right cutting angle—it seems to be close to my natural angle—and in three passes achieved a BBS result with no problems. In terms of bang for the buck, this is on a par with the RiMei, and much lighter. The threads are of the same plastic as head and handle, so it may not have a long life span, depending on the care exercised when changing blades. At any rate, it’s worth considering.

A good splash of Truefitt & Hill Trafalgar, and the day begins.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2016 at 9:26 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael, Is this the same as what I see sold by BullGoose?

    Sam Osnowitz

    27 January 2016 at 9:36 am

  2. You don’t provide a link, and my search of the Bullgoose site didn’t find it, so I suspect not.

    LeisureGuy

    27 January 2016 at 9:47 am

  3. I saw that at Bullgoose also. Here is the link – very similar if not the same? http://bullgooseshaving.com/la-savonniere-du-moulin-donkey-milk-shaving-soap-100g/

    Terry Shepherd

    27 January 2016 at 11:41 am

  4. Aha. I thought Sam Osnowitz was referring to the razor. (The antecedent for “this” was not at all clear to me.)

    I see now that he was probably referring to the soap and not the razor. I haven’t tried that soap, so don’t know whether it is the same. I think the one I had was roughly the same price ($26-$30, approximately). Might well be worth a try.

    LeisureGuy

    27 January 2016 at 12:17 pm

  5. Sloppy language. I was indeed referring to the soap.

    Sam Osnowitz

    27 January 2016 at 12:54 pm

  6. The plastic razor really does punch above its weight, doesn’t it? People think I’m crazy, but I like it a lot.

    I expect the threads to last a very long time – they’re a very coarse thread, made of ABS, and unlikely to ever strip or wear out due to friction – the two surfaces are made of the same plastic, so they have the same hardness. If one side were metal, they would wear exponentially faster.

    I honestly think the thing is over-engineered in the best way. The ribs on the baseplate are just wide enough that they capture the blade so well you can hang the razor upside down and the blade won’t fall off. The end of the top cap overhangs and captures the end of the blades. Did they think one alignment method wasn’t sufficient?

    I’ve bought about 6 or 7 of these, and the nice thing about them besides them being a very good value for money, is the consistency – each one is identical to the last. In this price range, if it were metal, I wouldn’t expect that at all. I give them away to people, travel with them, and if I lose one I won’t mind. They’re just _that good_.

    Victor Marks

    27 January 2016 at 2:52 pm

  7. I agree. I was pleasantly surprised by its comfort and efficiency. This will become my new regular beginner razor recommendation.

    LeisureGuy

    27 January 2016 at 3:07 pm


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