While slumming through the local discount/cheap-o stores looking for shaving gear, I run across this little gem in a $.99 cent store.
A plastic 2-piece DE razor by Dorco.
Front of Package
The design is what really caught my eye. Usually 2 piece razors tighten from both end onto the tube of the handle. Over time, this probably causes the handle to crack slightly.
The Dorco is different as it uses the handle as the tightening mechanism.
Back of Package
There is also a little dot of plastic that sticks out on either side of the handle.
I have assumed this is used to indicate when the razor is properly tightened.
I just lined it up with the raised plastic bit below the blade guard.
You could probably tighten it a little less for a more aggressive shave.
(Sorry for the blurry pic. The macro mode on my P&S isn't the best)
Lining Up the Dot
It is decently constructed. There are indentations on either side of the blade to facilitate the removal of the blade, because the blade cap completely covers the side tabs of the blade.
Side tabs are completely covered.
The blade is well centered and the exposure is even. There is no play in any part of the razor once everything is tightened.
Shaving With It:
I loaded up one of the included blades, lathered up with Arko Cool Shaving Cream.
First pass for me always tugs a little no matter the prep, blade, or razor used. The Dorco razor & blade were no different, but it doesn't really bother me.
The rest of the passes were fairly smooth. It did a better job on my neck than any other razors has! But not as well as some on the jawline.
By the end of it, I had a nearly smooth shave. Definitely rate it at DFS.
This razor is light. Very light. Adding the blade most likely doubled its weight!
The lightness makes you want to apply more pressure, so you gotta watch out for that.
The Dorco blade was pretty smooth IMO. Not as sharp as a feather. Maybe around the same sharpness as a Shark SC, but YMMV.
It is a little more aggressive than, say a Super Speed, but less than any open comb I have used.
Overall a great little shaver!
My only complaint is the bottom of the handle still has rough bits of plastic attached. Everything else was pretty professional.
I will definitely head back to pick up some more!